The 29 September 1917 saw the allied forces defending the counter attacks by three German Divisions on the Battlefield of Flanders as part of the ongoing struggle to take the elusive objective of Passchendaele, the village that was to give its name to the third Battle of Ypres.
Pte Placid of Parsons Period Presentations, pondering the next presentation.
On 29 September 2013 Parsons Period Presentations (PPP) staged a presentation in the Advanced Dressing Station of Essex Farm. The very location which, ninety six years earlier was used as one of the definitive medical support facilities to the Battle. The Presentation took the form of PPP comparing the differences with the casualty Evacuation process in 1917, in comparison to that of the modern battlefield, to the Reservists of 207 Field Hospital.
The presentations allowed the spectators to conduct the usual hands on history policy of PPP by engaging with the audience and encouraging them to handle 1917 equipment and medical supplies.
The presentations were conducted with the full authentic furniture of war in the genuine setting where John McCrae served as a Medical Officer. To be invited to deliver a presentation, with the blessing of the mayors department of Ypres, was not only an honour but a sheer delight. However, quite a surprise to the coach loads of tourists who had descended on Essex Farm to see the dressing station where John McCrea had written, the now famous poem “in flanders Fields”.
The Officers Mess of Essex Farm, being used as a dressing room by PPP.