A 12-page supplement featuring the names of 3,000 of its patch’s war dead has been produced by a Scottish weekly.
The Falkirk Herald released the roll of honour ahead of Remembrance Sunday after featuring a story every week since August relating to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The project saw reporter Scott McAngus join volunteers in trying to find details about the fallen including their name, service number, rank, regiment, how they died, the date they died, where they served and what Commonwealth memorial their name is on.
Much of the detail was taken from the Herald’s archives from the time, and saw Scott and his helpers put in extra hours to complete the supplement in time for deadline.
Even then it was a tight-run thing after editor Colin Hume realised at 2pm on Wednesday, three hours before deadline, the four pages initially set aside for it wouldn’t be enough.
Said Scott: “The time consuming part was putting it all together in the same house style and trying to ensure there were no mistakes. It was painstaking work.
“A few colleagues helped me do some of the areas and a couple of work experience youngsters, who were very good, helped too.
“It probably took about two weeks of intense work, including weekends, to put it all together in the end, some of the work done in the office but most of it at home.
“I was up until 2am on Monday and Tuesday evenings finishing off some areas as the formats of the text and order of details were all different.
“I am a bit disappointed I couldn’t manage to get every single detail of all these brave men in there, but I’m aiming to do that for next year.”