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Essex Farm Cemetery

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Address: east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Poem penned here

The poem 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae was written in the location. The field dressing station shelters are still there on the left side from the road. Cemetary also... read more

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The poem 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae was written in the location. The field dressing station shelters are still there on the left side from the road. Cemetary also contains a 15 year old soldier.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As with all of the cemetery's in the area this brings a tear to your eye. Fantastically kept as are all the cemeteries this is a place for thought and recollection and a promise never to do this again. As well as the cemetery one can visit the near by dressing station. Take a slow and careful look.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A humbling experience. Highly recommend a visit. Not just another cemetery but a place of worship that brings all the horrors of war back to reality

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Garner, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Do children still learn "In Flanders Field the poppies blow between the crosses row on row....?" I hope so, it reminds us how terrible war is and this is the place that inspired that poem. It has changed, but it is the same. The graves are there, but there is grass. flowers and nice white markers unlike the barren place... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

All the cemeteries around Ypres are tragic reminders of the monumental loss of young lives in hideous wars. The Belgium government and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintain and improve the cemeteries and the facilities with great care and are to be applauded.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to this cemetery and we walked here from our hotel. We wanted to look for the grave of the 15 year old to pay our respects. Emotional place to visit along with the many others in the local area. We found another area which is in the field above and behind the bunker. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A must see WW1 cemetery. Small but very important. Essex Farm holds the grave of Valentine Strudwick, the youngest soldier to die in WW1. He was 15. Essex farm is also the site of the John McCrae memorial and the advanced dressing station where he worked. Well worth seeing and spending some time here and reflecting.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

There are now more descriptive interpretive panels about Macrae and the poem. Spent more time here than on previous visits.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

So beautifully kept, so humbling and moving. All these young lives wasted. We were there at sunset which just added to the experience.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I go to Essex Farm because my grandfather is buried there. Most people (and lots of school groups) go because the famous poem "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow...." by Col John McCrea was written here, and because a 15 year-old - Joe Strudwick - is buried here. There are so many visitors - especially to Strudwick's grave - that... More 

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