November 2015

Author 
Jeanette Elliott, Collections Relocation Coordinator

In Flanders fields the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row…

This iconic poem, written in May 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae during the Second Battle of Ypres, has long been associated with the observance of Remembrance Day in Canada. In fact, it is believed published poets wrote more than two thousand poems about and during the First World War. Today we feature one such poem on this beautiful WW1 era postcard, one of over a thousand in the Fanshawe Pioneer Village postcard collection. The short but poignant verse below the flag is from a poem written by Canon Frederick George Scott, author, poet and much loved Chaplain to the First Canadian Division.

Postcard

At the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, Frederick George Scott was a 54 year old Victorian clergyman. Fiercely loyal to the ideals of the British Empire he wasted no time enlisting for overseas duty. Ignoring the risks to his own personal safety, Scott spent the war with his “boys” in the frontline, following his beloved First Division into every major Battle.

Frederick George Scott

Frederick Scott also suffered a personal tragedy during WW1 with the loss of his son, Captain Henry Hutton Scott, killed in action on October 21, 1916 during an attack on Regina Trench. In mid-November, as the troops were preparing...