Country Belgium
Region West-Vlaanderen
Total identified casualties 1102 Find these records
Casualties from First World War

Near a village called Boezinge, north of Ieper in Belgium is Essex Farm Cemetery where more than 1,000 servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated. One hundred and three (103) of the burials are unidentified but special memorials to commemorate 19 casualties known or believed to be buried are among them.

Essex Farm Cemetery was not far from the Yser Canal, which formed the front line in this part of the Salient between April 1915 to August 1917.

key features

  • Essex Farm Cemetery is located near a village called Boezinge in Belgium
  • The burials were made without a definite plan and some of the divisions which occupied this sector may be traced in almost every part of the cemetery
  • It was at Essex Farm Cemetery that Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote the poem In Flanders Fields in May 1915
  • The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield

History

It was here that Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields in May 1915, while serving as a medical officer.

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The cemetery is near a village called Boezinge. It is open every day.

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