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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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A must see WW1 cemetery. Small but very important. Essex Farm holds the grave of Valentine Strudwick, the youngest soldier to die in WW1. He was 15. Essex farm is also the site of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see WW1 cemetery. Small but very important. Essex Farm holds the grave of Valentine Strudwick, the youngest soldier to die in WW1. He was 15. Essex farm is also the site of the John McCrae memorial and the advanced dressing station where he worked. Well worth seeing and spending some time here and reflecting.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are now more descriptive interpretive panels about Macrae and the poem. Spent more time here than on previous visits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So beautifully kept, so humbling and moving. All these young lives wasted. We were there at sunset which just added to the experience.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I go to Essex Farm because my grandfather is buried there. Most people (and lots of school groups) go because the famous poem "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow...." by Col John McCrea was written here, and because a 15 year-old - Joe Strudwick - is buried here. There are so many visitors - especially to Strudwick's grave - that... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Link between the cemetery and the remaining treatment bunkers makes this a more interesting location. next to the cemetery is a plaque recognising the work of the Canadian surgeon Lt-Colonel John McCrae, and other. It also has a a plaque commemorating the poem In Flanders Field written by John McCrae in May 1915.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

As with all the cemeteries in the Salient, this is a humbling experience. Not least of all because of the grave of the 15 year old Pte V.J.Strudwick and Pte Thomas Barratt VC. Essex Farm Bunker Dressing Station is next to the cemetery as is the memorial to Col John McCrae, he who penned 'In Flanders Fields'. Make a visit... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

One of the many Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries around Ieper which the keeping in excellent condition, this one contains the grave of 1 very young soldier Valentine Strudwick who was 15 years of age when he was killed. It was also here that John Mcrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while work at the field hospital that was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Most visited Cemetery in the Ypres region, because tthe John McCrae site is here. Also the youngest soldier of the WW 1 - rifleman Valetine Joe Struckwick died here in the age of 15 years !!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I'm a coach tour driver and my passengers always love visiting here!. It's one of Ypres great cemetaries very solem it's a must see place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

It was powerful visiting the area where John McRae wrote his simple and heavy poem. I've been reading a lot about WW1 the past couple years so this was a chance to pay respect and see some decently preserved bunkers. Easy to get there, right off the main highway. History buffs must stop and visit.

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