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Essex Farm Cemetery

Sergeant Edward Francis Wakefield, who died on 22nd February 1916, is buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium (plot I C 3).  Boezinge is a village in the province of West Flanders, north of Ieper on the Diksmuidseweg road (N369). 

The land south of Essex Farm was used as a dressing station cemetery from April 1915 to August 1917; the burials were made without definite plan, although the 49th (West Riding) Division buried their dead of 1915 in Plot I, and the 38th (Welsh) Division used Plot III in the autumn of 1916.  There are 1200 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.  It was in Essex Farm Cemetery that Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, in May 1915.