Alexis Hannum Helmer Plaque

Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-169

Type: Plaque

Address: 29 Lisgar Street

Location: Memorial Hall, Lisgar Collegiate Institute

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.42068   Long: -75.68845

This plaque was unveiled by the Lisgar Alumni Association and is dedicated to the memory of former Lisgar student Alexis Hannum Helmer, whose death at the Second Battle of Ypres, inspired the poem "In Flanders Fields". 

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"IN FLANDERS FIELDS"

IN MEMORY OF LIEUT. ALEXIS HANNUM HELMER,
2ND OTTAWA BATTERY,
1ST CANADIAN FIELD ARTILLERY.
KILLED IN ACTION MAY 2, 1915, AGE 22,
AT THE SECOND BATTLE OF YPRES, BELGIUM.
HE WAS THE FIRST LISGAR GRADUATE
TO DIE IN WORLD WAR I.
HIS DEATH INSPIRED HIS CLOSE FRIEND
LIEUT. COLONEL DR. JOHN MCCRAE
TO COMPOSE THIS IMMORTAL POEM.

ALERE FLAMMAM.
ERECTED BY THE LISGAR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
IN RECOGNITION OF THE 160TH ANNIVERSARY. 2001.

 

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