Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres)

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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  • A small cemetary with the remains of the underground field dressing station where John McCrae wrote the famous poem.  more »
  • Well you can imagine the brutality, the death, the blood, and being inspired to write such amazing poetry that endures today.  more »
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  • 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.
  • A truly amazing place, very sad to see the sacrifice. This is the location of one of the youngest boys killed in the war aged 15
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