Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres)

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. Plan your Essex Farm Cemetery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ieper (Ypres) using our Ieper (Ypres) online road trip planner .
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  • Canadian John McRae worked at the former field hospital adjacent to this cemetery - the bunkers are still there - and was inspired to write his now-famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' It is a relatively ...  more »
  • Quiet despite the fact that it is roadside. Beautiful cemetery! Very touching too! Graves white and clean. Very impressive
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  • A lovely peaceful place to visit. You also have the hospital here which is a real eye opener as to how they had to cope with casualties during the war.  more »
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  • Very poignant for me as this was probably the place where my great uncle was first bought from the front when injured in July 1917 before being transferred to Brandhoek where he was buried. The concrete structures were amazing. Well maintained cemetery.
  • It's very difficult to stand on the bank of the river and imagine what the scene must have looked like during constant turmoil decades ago. The original bunkers where In Flanders Fields was written have been replaced by more structurally sound concrete versions. It doesn't seem at all possible to operate a medical station in such dark, cramped conditions but many thanks go to the brave people who did it anyways.
  • 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.
  • Iconic WW1 Site. The site of a casualty clearing station where the Canadian John Macrea was moved to pen " in Flanders fields".
  • Lots of info on the spiritual father of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' can be found here. Worth it.

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Where to stay in Ieper (Ypres)

As a small town, Ieper provides most of its accommodations in the city center within walking distance from the central train station and the main tourist attractions. You'll find mostly mid-range hotels nestled in the historical center, which is contained by a ring of canals snaking their way around the city's core. With only a modest array of choices, the majority of places to stay are small mid-range hotels or bed and breakfasts.
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