Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres)

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See where John McCrae wrote his famous poem "In Flanders Fields," and pay your respects to over 1,000 British soldiers who fell there at Essex Farm Cemetery. This World War I cemetery has a peaceful and open feel, thanks to its large green spaces. Search for graves of note, such as Private Thomas Barratt (1895–1917), posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, and the young Valentine Strudwick, who died at age 15. Don't miss the monument to McCrae in the graveyard, as well as an obelisk that pays tribute to the members of the 49th (West Riding) Division. Visit the preserved cement bunkers, or "Advanced Dressing Station," next to the cemetery in the Ypres-Yser Canal Bank to see where the fallen soldiers spent some of their last days. Plan your Essex Farm Cemetery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ieper (Ypres) using our Ieper (Ypres) online road trip planner.
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  • 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....  more »
  • Alongside Essex Farm cemetery are the buildings which served as the medical field station for nearby frontline troops. The Canadian doctor John McCrae was working here when he wrote his famous lines.....  more »
  • One of the most important burials here is of Valentine Strudwick who was just 15 yrs old when he died here! Every cemetery also has a central memorial for the unknown soldiers for the kith & kin to pay their respect. This was designed by Rudyard Kipling (yes, the same man who wrote Jungle Book), after his son John Kipling died in the war and his body not retrieved (though now its identified).
  • A great little cemetery for visiting and giving respects. Also a good one to view one of the youngest that died. Respects to those who lost life in the war.

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