A recent meeting with an old friend Barny TYRWHITT-DRAKE gave me a chance to ask him about a mutual HALSTEAD connection
I was aware of a marriage in Jerusalem in 1945 from the Non-UK indexes of births, marriages and deaths of a William H HALSTEAD and a TYRWHITT-DRAKE but had not yet had the time to research it further. It turns out that the TYRWHITT-DRAKE in question was Dorothy Joy TYRWHITT-DRAKE, born in 1917 and still alive and Barny's aunt.
The information he supplied has enabled me to get the marriage certificate for William HALSTEAD and Rhoda Margaret WILLS - the parents of the William Herbert HALSTEAD mentioned. William was in the Army Veternary Corps at the time of his marriage in 1915 and serving in France. However I have so far been unable to find his service record online. It looks like this may be amongst the burnt documents. It could also explain why there is no trace of him so far in the 1911 census.
This has enabled the Cumberland tree of John HOLSTEAD and Mary PAPE to be extended and a revised version together with the information supplied by Barny will be included in the next website update.