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“A must visit place if you are touring Ypres sights” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Essex Farm Cemetery

Essex Farm Cemetery
east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Type: Cemeteries
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“A must visit place if you are touring Ypres sights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We were taken here by our tour guide who was involved in the restoration of the field dressing station dugouts.
His knowledge and illistrations made the visit so worthwhile.
The McRae connection and the VC's grave have been referred to by others.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“An elegant, moving tribute”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Lovely to look at, and don't miss the McCrae connection, but also take the time to look at the details on the headstones in the beautifully tended cemetery. There is a young VC - who visits his grave, I wonder? - and a line of young soldiers all from the same town in Lancashire, all killed on the same day and imagine what that must have meant. It's worth taking the time to look and read. Its an astonishing place - as all these cemeteries are, from the vast Tyne Cot to the tiny ones dotted around the area.

Visited September 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

A lovely place to visit. So well kept and so many names to look through. The names and ages of all those who died for us make solemn reading. It was good to see the young and old alike being so caring and interested in the soldiers, Some in tears and some just taking it in. Thank you,

Visited February 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Much visited”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

A much-visited CWGC Cemetery mainly because of the connection with John McCrae of 'In Flanders Fields' poem fame, but also because Valentine Strudwick, one of the youngest WWI soldiers (15 years) is buried there. The area around his grave can be a bit messy because many school children visit & lay crosses.
There is the preserved dressing station where McCrae served when he wrote the poem - which is a poignant reminder of the medical conditions of 100 years ago.
It is a common misconception that McCrae is buried there, he died of pneumonia in 1918 & is buried near the coast.

Visited December 2012
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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“Great place to learn about John Mcrae”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is an excellent place to learn about the advanced dressing station where John Mcrae was based (author of In Flanders Fields poem). You can visit the bunkers, memorial and cemetery where many soldiers are buried. Very moving experience. Little bit out of town but well worth the trip!

Visited November 2012
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