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Address: east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Essex Farm CWGC cemetery is outside Ieper in Belgium. It is sited on a former WW1 dressing station (bunkers still there). Canadian doctor John Macrae was stationed here and it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Julie C
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Essex Farm CWGC cemetery is outside Ieper in Belgium. It is sited on a former WW1 dressing station (bunkers still there). Canadian doctor John Macrae was stationed here and it was here after the death of a close friend that he penned the poem 'In Flanders Fields'. One of the graves belongs to a 15 year old who fell (valentine... More 

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Freckleton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cemetery close to advance dressing station which is preserved giving a good impression of how dire things were. Walk up to the canal to get the impression of what it was like defending the position. Also see the memorial to John McCrae who is thought to have written his poem near this spot.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Essex Farm Cemetery is at the site of a forward aid station, the small aid bunkers are open to visitors. The site is within a few hundred yards of the front line location. Interestingly the cemetery itself doesn't date to 1915, the year of John McCrae's poem, that cemetery and the graves were destroyed later in the war. The 'new'... More 

Thank Christine J
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very pretty little cemetery with lots of character and charm. The Macrae poem is also explained in detail.

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Farnborough, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It is quite easy to miss the cemetery as it at the side of the main road but hidden by trees. It is also the site of the John McCrae dressing station as well as a memorial to the 49th West Riding Division. Visiting the dressing station brings it home as to what conditions the medical facilities during the war... More 

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A historical place, but sadly overcrowded. To many pilgrims of the WW1 Ypres Salient Battlefields stop at this site to see the John Mc Crae, In Flanders Fields commemoration site. There is also the grave of the 15 years old Valentine Strudwick attracting many (school) groups. The site is situated along a busy and noisy road which gives no possibility... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

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... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The dressing station attached to the cemetery where John McCrae was working when he penned In Flanders Field is a must see. There are a couple of memorials to John McCrae and 15 year old Valentine Joe Strudwick is also buried here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A very historic cemetery, take time to look at the headstones, close your eyes and imagine what it was like for the soldiers, nurses and doctors as this was a dressing station. It's also where in Flanders fields was writte.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This is a nicely maintained cemetery with flowers at many of the graves. It is relatively small, and there is also a nice monument. It is hard to imagine after looking into the Advanced Dressing Station how people came here in need of medical attention, it seems so cold and anti-healing.

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