Essex Farm Cemetery
Essex Farm Cemetery
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JennifersJourneys
Chicago, IL19 contributions
Mar 2020
I visited Essex Farm Cemetery yesterday as part of a private tour. We visited the Dressing Station where John McCrae worked. It was an energy filled space - some heavy, some ok. It was an interesting experience for me, a medium and empath, to be aware of who is still hanging around there. I learned a lot about the history of WWI there from our guide. It was a very rainy day so we did not walk the cemetery but as all CWGC are, it was well maintained and peaceful.
Written March 6, 2020
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Cags1970
Liverpool215 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
This a very moving place that contains the grave of the youngest soldier, or one of them, to die during the war.

Rifleman Valentine Joe Strudwick, number 5750, 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade, was aged 15 when he died on 14th January 1916. He is one of the youngest British casualties of the Great War.

This boy soldier was the son of Louisa Strudwick of 70, Orchard Road, Dorking, Surrey.

His final resting place is to be found in Essex Farm cemetery at Grave Reference: Plot I. Row U. Grave 8.

Rest in Peace all you brave men.

Written March 17, 2012
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Linda R
Salisbury604 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Everyone mentions John McCrae and his famous poem when they mention this graveyard. But there is a young boy also in this graveyard called Joe Strudwick who died aged 15. He was born on 14th February 1900 and was christened Valentine but was known as Joe. His grave is number is 1U8 but is normally full of crosses and poppies so you will not miss it.
Probably not one of the quietest graveyards you will ever visit because it is right next to a main road and the fact that there always a lot of coaches groups visiting. But while you are there go down the N38, there is a very quiet graveyard called Brandhoek New Military Cemetery virtually in the back garden of someone's house , this contains a double VC medic called Captain Noel Chavasse.
Written January 9, 2015
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Terry P
Arlington, United States69 contributions
Sep 2019
As with all the cemeteries strewn throughout the Ypes countryside, this one was very well kept, you could see that the nearby residents take pride in honoring the fallen
Written February 15, 2020
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,156 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We visited late morning and got park just outside, used the register to guide to the plot we were looking for and its all in immaculate condition, then a group of school kids arrived they couldn't have looked less interested, hang you heads in shame.
Written May 27, 2019
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afrobain
Fife, UK158 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
this was 1 of many stops on the day, this is where john mccrae wrote the poem in flanders field, like every other cemetery it is imaculate, sitting beside a canal and just to the side of the cemetry there are a few concrete bunkers which was the aid clearing stations
Written April 10, 2019
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mary g
Penzance, UK84 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is thought to be the area in which John McCrea fought and wrote the poem 'In Flanders fields the poppies blow..'
There are some concrete dugouts here which were used as dressings stations. Very interesting.
Written April 3, 2019
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BubblyJubbly
Cuffley, UK103 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We actually found this cemetery and dressing station quite difficult to find as our guide book and map had it marked as the John McCrea memorial site, which meant we almost missed it as, although right on the main road, the words 'Essex Farm Cemetery' are not obvious on the engraving on the cross of rememberance. I'm so glad we twigged what it was all about though as this place will stay in my memory. John McCrea wrote the famous poem 'Flanders Fields' here and amongst the dead lying here is a 15 year old boy. So moving. Beside the cemetery are the concrete bunkers that were constructed as an advanced dressing station some time after the original makeshift facilities that were built into the canal bank just a few yards away. This site is obviously well visited as some of the more obvious paths between the graves have been laid with fake grass. It doesn't really spoil it though. It's next to a busy road, so it's not as peaceful as some of the cemeteries, but it's definitely worth visiting.
Written June 3, 2017
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A R
London, UK192 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
So beautifully kept, so humbling and moving. All these young lives wasted. We were there at sunset which just added to the experience.
Written November 12, 2016
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Andrew H
Horwich, UK27 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Look at everything that is there and you cannot be anything but moved by the sacrifice made by others 100 years ago
Written April 25, 2015
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