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Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres)
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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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  • An impressive cemetery where way too much to young people who are in the great war as cannon fodder in life, such as the 15 year old rifleman Strudwick. Impressive.
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  • 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 h...  more »
  • Here is the poet and doctor who this beautiful poem written has also a very young soldier until 15 years old
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  • 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 The original bunkers where In Flanders Fields was written have been replaced by more structurally sound concrete versions.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.
  • Lots of info on the spiritual father of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' can be found here. Worth it.
  • Iconic WW1 Site. The site of a casualty clearing station where the Canadian John Macrea was moved to pen " in Flanders fields".
  • 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.