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Essex Farm Cemetery

east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Giggleswick, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

its one of the must see sites on the Ypres tours so lots of coaches arrive one after another so i would go there first in the morning 9 oclock or before to get the peace & tranquility of the area (cemetery & dressing station)

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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

The location of a front line hospital, where John McCrae served, is surrounded by the Essex Farm Cemetery. As was often the case in WWI, bunkers were used as field hospitals (to protect the injured) and the land outside of the bunker a burial ground for those who did not survive. As you walk among the graves you will find... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Essex Farm is one of the best small cemeteries to visit in Flanders. In addition to being the place where the famous poem was written, the site has a well preserved medical aid station and informative markers, as well as a moving and well-tended graveyard. It is right outside of Ypres so it is easy to find. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The final stop on a visit to Flanders Fields with Dr Mcrae's poem read out in front of the shelters will never be forgotten

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A must for everyone, even if you are not actually going around the graves of WW1, it gives an insight in how the soldiers lived and where treated when injured, at the front line hospital

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Riverview NB Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We found the cemetary without any problem as it is signed very well. Parking might be a problem if there are more then a couple of tour busses there. Bunkers were the aid station was are in very good shape with lots of information plaques. The one with the Flanders fields poem is very well done. Cemetary while done to... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

An incredibly important site for Canadians. It was here that John McCrae wrote the most famous war poem in history. In Fladers' Fields. The cemetery is adjacent to the remains of a field hospital and is unique in that it has very few unknown soldiers. This is because most of these soldiers were buried after dieing in the hospital so... More

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited Essex Farm specifically to find the grave of a home town lad killed in the First World War so we could lay a tribute at the grave. The remains of the dressing station trench and the huge memorial to the 'Yorkies' were a bonus. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does a wonderful job in maintaining these cemeteries and... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This cemetery was lovely. It is definitely worth the time to visit. When I visted there was lots of people there. Showing their respects to those who passed away.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The remains of a field dressing station are here where medics triaged the wounded and those that didn't make it are buried here. It's also where John McRae wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields'.

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