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Captain O.C. Oldfield, Estaires Cemetery


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Today at Estaires Communal Cemetery I came across something both unusual and which I found very moving.

In this cemetery there is buried a Captain L.C. Oldfield of the 12th Rifle Brigade. Not 10 yards from the CWGC plot of this officer is buried his mother at her request.

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Catherine Lillian Oldfield.

To The

Revered memory of my dear wife

Catherine Lillian Oldfield

of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

who died in South France, November 14, 1921

She here rests near the grave, as she wished, of

our beloved soldier son, Captain L.C. Oldfield, 12th Rifle Brigade

who was killed at the Battle of Loos, September 25, 1915.

With Eternal Love, Gratitude and Veneration

I will remember while the light lasts

Though silent still my truest and best of companions

Leonidas Alcibiades Oldfield

Died at Winnipeg, Manitoba, 7th June 1929, aged 79 years

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The stone looks in remarkably good condition for its age. Perhaps someone local is responsible for its maintenance.

Thanks for the post. It's quite moving.

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Hi Andy - nice to see you at Le Touret.

What an amazing find; but you didn't mention the original cross on Captain Oldfield's grave?

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Hi Paul,

Yes, good to see you at Le Touret. As you say no mention of the original cross, please enlighten me as when we got to Estaires we were running out of time.

Andy

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Next to his grave is the original stone cross that was put there in ?1915 - it is just visible in your photo (the corner of it).

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Thanks Paul,

Next time I am in Estaires I will have a look.

Andy

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This is a not so brilliant photo of it taken by me in the 1980s; I don't have a better digital one at present.

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Paul,

Many thanks, we did see that cross.

Andy

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What an intersesting cemetery; soldiers shot at dawn; Gough; and so many under age soldiers; definately on my list of places to visit next time.

Steve

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