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Flanders Fields, Brugge: 12 reviews and 23 photos

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Our last stop is where Valentine Joe Strudwick is buried. He lied about his age, enlisted when he was 14, was wounded, went home, came back again and died when he was 15. School children are often shown this grave, many older than he was when he died. That’s why there are a lot of poppies here.
It’s also where John McRae spent much of the war, having enlisted when he was 40. He was a doctor and he would work, sometimes up to 72 hours straight. Eventually he ended up on the Somme where he died from the flu, bought on by overwork but, before he went he wrote a little piece. That piece today is learnt by rote by his fellow Canadians in every school in their country.
Sharon later tells us that the poppy grows on fields that are disturbed and where there is no competition. Hence they flourished in this area during the war.
Oh, and the poem? It’s called “On Flanders Fields”.

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  • Written Apr 30, 2007
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