Grantowi, on 27 February 2012 - 08:02 AM, said:
Would people intrested in the GWR Workmen be more intrested in the mens work and lives before they went away or the battle action that took their lives ?
I don't think you should value one aspect over another. Both are important to the story you want to tell. Who they were, what they did at work, what they did in their spare time - these are all fascinating things. On the other side, the battle action is the aspect that gets a man on the memorial so is also key to telling the tale. An individual reader may be particularly interested in one sid eof things, while another gains more from the other aspect.
As I've said, my own Stockport project was large scale and, at the beginning, was intended to be a partnership arrangement with the Council (a "virtual memorial" for the borough if you will). In itself, that formed the basis of how the information was presented - to a large extent intended for the expected audience of family historians who would need sufficient detail to establish that "their" Fred Smith was "my Fred Smith.
If I was now writing, say, a village war memorial book it would be along the lines of the community's story during the war. So, in your respect, giving detail early on about the nature of the work and the part the GWR played in the community would be vital (IMO, of course)