Stephen Branley

Stephen Branley

Posted on 11/06/2013


Photo taken on June 20, 2009


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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
It is believed that the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, at the second battle of Ypres in May 1915, was the inspiration for John McCrae's poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain was duty bound elsewhere that evening. It is said that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem.

Sadly John McCrea died of pneumonia on 28th January 1918 at Boulogne and was buried the following day at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the Wimereux Cemetery. His gravestone, like all others in that section, is placed flat due to the unstable sandy soil.

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John Maenhout
John Maenhout
Hello Stephen,

Flanders fields so close to my home on 50 km, really a lovely picture through the red poppies.
A good poem through John McCrea
Every year find farmers war shells a very dangerous moment.
Nice done.
John
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
It's incredible that shells and bones are still being found over 95 years later my friend.
5 years ago.