First World War, WWI, Belgium, Europe, Cemetery, Remeberance, history, historic, visitor attraction, In Flanders Fields, John McCrae, Valentine Joe Strudwick,

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Happy #PhotoFriday everyone! This weeks instalment is an image of the entrance to the Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

First World War, WWI, Belgium, Europe, Cemetery, Remeberance, history, historic, visitor attraction, In Flanders Fields, John McCrae, Valentine Joe Strudwick,
A view of the entrance to Essex Farm Cemetery Belgium.

It is here at Essex Farm that the Canadian Physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In Flanders Fields.”

A close friend of Mcrae’s, Alex Helmer, was killed in battle and Macrae himself performed the burial. The following day, just by the Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station, Macrae sat in the back of an ambulance and wrote his famous poem. Sadly Alex Helmers grave is now lost, but he is remebered with his name carved on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Among the many graves here there is one that really that really effected my as I read the inscription on the Grave. It is the final resting place of Private Valentine Joe Strudwick of the 8th Rifle Brigade (1900-1916). He was one of the youngest casualties of the First World War. Enlisting at Lambeth, Surrey, he was to become a rifleman at only age 14. On Friday 14th January 1916, at Boezinge, West Flanders, he was killed in action. Valentine Joe Strudwick died when he was 15 years and 11 months old.

Visiting here is something that I will never forget.

Lest We Forget.

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

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