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Address: east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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I arrived in Ypres late and lost my hotel reservation so I took the train station employees advice and found a hotel in town.The hotel clerk informed me that Flanders was across... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jay H
Toronto, Canada
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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place at which John McCrae, the Canadian poet, physician and soldier wrote his famous poem, In Flanders Fields. A memorial is situated near the graves of many fallen soldiers.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived in Ypres late and lost my hotel reservation so I took the train station employees advice and found a hotel in town.The hotel clerk informed me that Flanders was across the street, so when I entered The Flanders Museum across the street , I expected to go through a door that would take me outside to the cemetery,... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

What a place ! What a history ... The sadness and the serenity. Commemmorate is all I can say. Neverending respect for those who fought for us.

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Geraardsbergen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We didn't know that the almost youngest soldier was burried here. We discovered his grave by the many poppies, red flowers that were placed along the grave. Also many visitors came to see the grave. English students in group arrived and watched the place silently and with a lot of respect. It is unbeleivable to realise that so many lives... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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 November 2, 2015

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.

1 Thank Derek H
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

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 October 29, 2015 via mobile

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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