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Essex Farm Cemetery

east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We loved visiting this place because of the memorial there to John McCrae, who wrote the famous poem, "In Flanders Fields." It was great to see the tombstones of Canadian soldiers. (They have the maple leaf engraved on them.)

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Alresford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Small cemetery, kept very neat. Also has the remains of a medical service station still standing. A remembrance book is available in a 'cupboard' by the main gate.

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Birmingham
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

At Essex farm cemetery you can see the bunkers where McCrae was said to have written the famous poem " in Flanders fields where poppies grow " plus the headstones of a VC winner and the youngest British soldier killed on the Western front. Its only 10 minutes drive from the centre of Ypres and if you only visit one... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Where John McCrae wrote his famous poem. A small cemetery next to a busy road but still atmospheric and a moving experience.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

An essential place to visit, the solemn nature of the reason you are there will be obvious. Take your time, the residents are in no hurry and will like your respect,,,

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a busy site - and by a main road. Peace and reverence is therefore somewhat undermined. But there's a strong story here, even if the site is on the tourist trail. Look out for the just 15 years of age soldier... Elsewhere in the Ypres area are more peaceful sites tucked out of the way down small wooded... More 

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Holbeach
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Been to Ypres many times but first visit to this cemetery. The remains of the dressing stations buried in a bank remind you of what happened here. The memorial to the writer of " in Flanders Fields" which was written here is worth seeing. There is also the grave of one of the youngest British soldiers ( 15 years) known... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We had a fantastic guide at this cemetery. She passionately told the story of this site as well as the Casualty Clearing Station located here Dr. John McCrea who wrote "In Flanders Fields" was stationed.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a typical Commonwealth military cemetery of its kind: relatively small and well kept. It is particularly worth a visit to see where Lieut-Colonel John McCrae is commemorated. One version I have read says he wrote his famous poem "In Flanders Fields" here in the vicinity of the clearing station bunker which is still in place near the graveyard.

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

small and beautifully kept. With the graves of so many young men, including a child of 15. It very much brings home the futility of war and the tragic and desperate loss of life. We will always remember.

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