Friday, May 16, 2008

Age Fifteen

The Essex Farm Cemetery, just outside of Ieper/Ypres, is best known as the place where Canadian John McRae composed the poem, "In Flanders Fields." There is a commemorative plaque just outside of the cemetery gates near a group of bunkers.

We were drawn, however, to a grave that was receiving much attention from a tour group that was visiting the cemetery. This particular grave had, by far, the most decoration of any grave in the small cemetery. And then we saw why ... the soldier, V.J. Strudwick, was only 15 when he lost his life in the war.


Cimba7200 said...

Thanks for showing this and telling of it. Sad. Children should never be allowed to fight in wars. - Dave

Deslilas said...

A bunch of lonesome heroes.
(L Cohen)