M968.349.1x | John McCrae in Military Uniform, 1893

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John McCrae in Military Uniform, 1893
About 1893, 19th century
11 x 8.3 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Guelph Museums
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John McCrae is pictured here in his militia uniform while at a militia artillery course for officers in Kingston, Ontario in the summer of 1893. He seems to have enjoyed this course but his correspondence suggests some of it "rather dragged on". He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant of Number 2 Battery of the First Brigade Field Artillery, Guelph after completing this course. By 1896 John McCrae had risen to the rank of lieutenant.

During his stay at the Tête du Pont Barracks, Kingston, he wrote several letters home, including some to his friend Laura Kains.

  • What

    In this photograph John McCrae poses in his militia uniform at the Royal Military College, founded in 1874 to train cadets for the military profession.

  • Where

    The Royal Military College is located along the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario. It was established by an act of Parliament in 1874, and opened its doors to 18 young cadets on June 1, 1876.

  • When

    John was attending the summer artillery course in 1893 when this photograph was taken. He would be about 21 years of age.

  • Who

    John McCrae inherited his father's love for the military.