A reblog, one of the least read blogs of 2016.
Essex Farm Cemetery is on the “Must see” of most tours of the Ypres Salient. it is also one of those, Oh no, not another cemetery, and there is the danger of eyes glossing over at yet more graves. Yet it is such a fabulous place to visit. So much can be done here for the entry level battlefield tourist. The difference between single graves and trench burials. How to spot the special interest graves. The graves are next to where the Advanced Dressing Station, ADS. was. One of the most visited by parties from schools is that of Valentine Joe Strudwick who was only 15 when he was killed. An opportune moment to mention that there are at least eight 15 year olds who have no known grave commemorated on the Menin Gate.
Private Albert Richard Ashley, East Surrey Regiment died 27 April 1915
Private John Averill, North Staffs, 05…
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