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“Sobering Experience to Stand where he stood”

Essex Farm Cemetery
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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

As a Canadian, the story of John McCrae is well known, but standing where he stood when he wrote, understanding why, seeing the graves, and retracing his foodsteps made both the poem, the war and the memory of those lost more real and meaningful. Powerful place to visit. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

A sobering reminder of the incredible loss of life caused by WWI. It is in the nearby field hispital dugout that Major John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In Flanders Fields”..

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

As one who has sung and/or conducted countless versions of "In Flander's Fields" in a career of Remembrance Days, I was so pleased to see the place where John McCrae carried out this gruesome duty dressing the wounds of soldiers. One might have expected the glam on M*A*S*H*, but not so. Instead, a row of concrete bunkers, no room, no light, damp, harsh is what he and the other doctors worked with. And outside the bunkers, a cemetery to receive those who didn't make it. So horrifying!

My most moving moment was standing alongside my 16-year-old son at the grave of one of the youngest soldiers killed in action: 15-year-old, Valentine Strudwick of Surrey, England.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

As a Canadian, I grew up hearing 'In Flanders Fields' and hearing the name John McCrae. So when our Quasimodo Tour made a stop at the Essex farm advanced dressing station it was a time to reflect on the poem and the full meaning of it's words. Seeing the bunkers where wounded soldiers were operated on and the conditions in which they occurred was a real eye opener. This is a definite stop when in Flanders. There's not lots to see (quantity) but what is there is worth it (quality). Keep your eyes open for the headstone of a soldier no older than 15yrs as well as Victoria Cross recipients.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Walk round and see the lie of the land as well as the little area behind the lines for dealing with casualties.

Thank hillfieldjp
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