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Cambrin Churchyard Extension

The churchyard at Cambrin was first used to bury soldiers by the French army - the graves of French soldiers are marked here today by crosses. Within range of German artillery, the church suffered severe damage from shell fire.

One of the Commonwealth servicemen commemorated in Cambrin Churchyard Extension is Private Elgar Halstead.

Elgar was born in 1889 in Burnley, Lancashire. He was the eldest son of the family and he lived with his parents at 23 Richard Street, Burnley. He was educated at the Sunday school of Westgate Congregational Church and regularly attended thereafter.

He worked in the local cotton industry as a twister at Messrs. Thornber's Elm Street shed. Upon the outbreak of the First World War, Elgar was Elgar Halsteada widower with one daughter. He was well known and respected in his local community.

He enlisted into the British Army in late August 1914.

In September 1915 his battalion, the 10th Highland Light Infantry, were involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Loos. During the attack on a German position known as 'Madagascar Trench' Elgar was killed.

He was buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension along with some 20 men of the 10th Highland Light Infantry who died that day. Some 250 of their comrades also killed on 25 September have no known grave, their names inscribed on the Loos Memorial to the Missing.