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Essex Farm Cemetery

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Address: east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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This is not only a cemetary but where you will find the John McRae Flanders poem. We were very fortunate to be there with his great, great nephew on a small tour. There are also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not only a cemetary but where you will find the John McRae Flanders poem. We were very fortunate to be there with his great, great nephew on a small tour. There are also bunkers open to view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here with friends having visited Colonel John McCrae's grave at Vimeruax the day before. Not a great deal to see but it is interesting to see the remains of the ADS where he worked and under what primitive conditions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Being a Canadian I am proud of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae for writing the famous poem used around the world to symbolize the tragedy of The Great War. Of note in the cemetery is the grave of the youngest soldier of the war V.J. Strudwick who died at 15 years of age.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Essex road as part of a small tour. The guide gave us a great summary of what happened here when it was an Advanced Dressing Station for troops in the bunkers just over the other side of the canal. John McRae, a surgeon, was stationed here and wrote the beautiful poem - In Flanders Fields, here after the... More 

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Stock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Essex Farm Cemetey is on the edge of Ypres but was made famous by John McCrae and his famous poem In Flanders Fields. The Cemetery is easy to find and is within easy walking distance of the town centre. I would recommend visiting either early morning or in the evening when there are no crowds about. It is a must... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the burial place of a 22 year-old VC and of a 15 year-old soldier. It is where Major/Dr John McCrae wrote In Flanders' Fields, dashed off in 15 minutes after he had seen his childhood friend blown to pieces and the inspiration for poppies as a memorial flower on armistice day. It has all of the ingredients of... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with group of friends and another humbling experience as are many of the Cemetries in the Ypres ares. This Cemetry does sit next to the medical bunkers that John McCrae the author of the poem 'In Flanders field' worked in during the Great War. The bunkers are still there and you can go in them. It is also the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its hard to imagine that nearly half a million people died, were wounded or missing in this area in WW1. To see the Advance Dressing Station in a concrete bunker so close to the front line and hear of the stories of events and the conditions that they lived and died in is astonishing. John McCrae was a surgeon in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John McCrae, the Canadian Doctor who wrote the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ is commemorated here. He served as a Surgeon in the field hospital. Again, as with all Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites, it is very well kept. At the moment there are renovations going on as it is one of the most visited sites. Here also are the preserved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

Our guide took us to the relevant parts of the cemetery including the bunkers and the John McCrae memorial.

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