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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  • The famous poem In Flanders Fields was penned here by a Canadian doctor, Major, later Lt. Colonel, John McCrae when he was based at an Advanced Dressing Station. 
    The famous poem In Flanders Fields was penned here by a Canadian doctor, Major, later Lt. Colonel, John McCrae when he was based at an Advanced Dressing Station.  more »
  • This cemetery for the West Riding Division and is well laid out and next to a fist aid bunkers which Dr John McCrae site. 
    This cemetery for the West Riding Division and is well laid out and next to a fist aid bunkers which Dr John McCrae site.  more »
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  • Small, but well worth the visit. Moving. It is easy to miss if you drive too quickly and aren't looking. This is where the famous poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae was written in May 1915. It is beautifully maintained. It is revealing to see the medical bunkers, and this really delivers a sense of the conditions. There are/were many more graves than are currently marked and the wooden crosses in the poem have been replaced with tombstones. Of the ~1,000 Canadians originally buried, only seven tombstones remain for example. The grave of McRae's friend that moved him to write the poem is not among the seven.
  • Came here as part of a private tour to learn about WWI, and to stand in the site where John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" is awe inspiring. The most amazing part was in the field behind us wild poppies were growing, sitting beneath the memorial cross. Brings a tear to your eyes. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend spending some time here to remember those who came before and fought.

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