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Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres)

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
See where John McCrae wrote his famous poem "In Flanders Fields," and pay your respects to over 1,000 British soldiers who fell there at Essex Farm Cemetery. This World War I cemetery has a peaceful and open feel, thanks to its large green spaces. Search for graves of note, such as Private Thomas Barratt (1895–1917), posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, and the young Valentine Strudwick, who died at age 15. Don't miss the monument to McCrae in the graveyard, as well as an obelisk that pays tribute to the members of the 49th (West Riding) Division. Visit the preserved cement bunkers, or "Advanced Dressing Station," next to the cemetery in the Ypres-Yser Canal Bank to see where the fallen soldiers spent some of their last days. By using our Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Essex Farm Cemetery and other attractions in Ieper (Ypres).
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  • Why? John McRae, "In Flanders' Fields". There is a plaque with his picture, a copy of his original, and some of his story. Also nearby are original bunkers and trenches. 
  • A must visit for Canadian travellers. I can only imagine the horror's of trench warfare that the soldiers experienced. Very Proud of Lieutenant Colonel McCrae 
  • This is not only a cemetary but where you will find the John McRae Flanders poem. We were very fortunate to be there with his great, great nephew on a small tour. There are also bunkers open to view. 
  • Came here as part of a private tour to learn about WWI, and to stand in the site where John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" is awe inspiring. The most amazing part was in the field behind us wild poppies were growing, sitting beneath the memorial cross. Brings a tear to your eyes. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend spending some time here to remember those who came before and fought.
  • Incredibly impressive war memorial. Easy to imagine it as a dressing station just behind the lines. My great Uncle, Corporal Robert Joynson is buried there and my Grandad's regimental monument - West Riding - stands proudly looking over the fallen. A vert special place.
  • Beautiful cemetary, with a neat monument and the medical bunkers near the canal.
  • Very moving and the Flanders poppies grow wild in the surrounding fields.
  • Humbling
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