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Essex Farm Cemetery

east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ranked #10 of 31 attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Cemeteries
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Found the graves of two OA's from Dulwich College and was also so sad to see 15 year old soldier's grave ... Interesting to see dressing station, where front lines were and where poem was written

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Even though this cemetery is on a busy road, it feels peaceful. Its right next to the bunkers where John Macrae worked. Beautifully kept as all the graves are, very poignant

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Chester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A nice well kept cemetery (aren't they all) in a location that was heavily defended during the first world war... you can only imagine what those poor souls must have endured. Remembered also as the scene where the famous 'In Flanders Fields' poem was written... There is not a massive amount to see so make it part of an excursion... More

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gloucestershire england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It is quite small but gives a good insight into soldiers and their ages,one was just 15.it also shows what the field hospital and wounded stations were like. After seeing them it is a wonder any injured survived.

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London
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27 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Essex Farm is a dressing station cemetery used between April 1915 and August 1917 and contains 1200 graves of which 103 are unidentified. Bunkers at the side are preserved and the memorial to the 49th Division is between the cemetery and the canal. Buried here are a Victoria Cross holder Private T Barratt and Rifleman Valentine Strudwick aged 15 who... More

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Wimborne Saint Giles, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

You can see in the bunkers used as first aide post built into the side of the canal and when up on top the hopeless position they were in becomes obvious. The memorials are all fitting and worth a visit.

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Penally, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This little cemetery has such an atmosphere (as they all do) and it is able to stand and think about all the soldiers who are not only buried here but also passed this way.

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Perth Australia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Essex Farm Cemetery is so named because it used to be a farm cottage here. The cemetery here isn't huge (compared with some) and most of the headstones bear names, only because most of the headstones are for the soldiers that were patients at the dressing station. Only a small number are marked "Known unto God". One of the most... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

A really interesting site. The place where John Mcrae wrote the famous poem.'In Flanders Fields' Was a medical station and the bunker is still there.Youngest soldiers grave, died when he was 15 years old.

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Dorset
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38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Visited this site in the rain, so had the place to ourselves. Original hospital bunkers are there to be explored, and there are plenty of signs around, about the site and its uses during the war. Another must see on the battlefield tour.

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