Keith Roberts, on 30 June 2011 - 04:46 PM, said:
I take that point Chris, But perhaps would welcome some advice as to a straightforward way of acquiring the information that doesn't involve a significant research exercise.
As Chris wrote, I was, indeed, referring to the myriads of French, Belgian and German deaths for that month.
If it's just names , dates, units and burial locations required (as is the case in 'remembering today'), then its certainly no majorly significant research exercise. I reckon that a whole month's worth of this type of information could quite easily be completed within an hour or so (after all, it only takes me 5 or 6 hours a month to do the same number for the WFA's 'Remembered on this day' feature... (but on there, I've to supply a photograph of the casualty and include basic personal/unit background and biographical information too, so options for each day are severely limited) - having covered over 600 WW1 casualties in this way in the past year and a half or so (French, Belgians, Germans, British, Canadians, Aussies, New Zealanders, Americans, Austrians and Italians so far) and not feeling that I've really embarked on anything particularly major, I'd think that, utilising the significant resources held collectively by GWF members, then this should be a doddle... every day of the war would take, what? 50 man-hours over 4 years in total? Divide this up between a yet unknown number of volunteers, get a couple of people to 'vet' the results (mainly to avoid duplication) and that's it...job done with probably less than an hour per person devoted to the task! The more people involved and the smaller 'time block' they are covering, then the more random the end result too.
I do think that it would certainly be a good idea to avoid total reliance on the CWGC database to illustrate the multi-national nature of the war in such a project though.