Containing over 4,000 records, Craven's Part in the Great War 1914-1919, was presented to each member of His Majesty's forces who joined up from the Skipton Parliamentary division of Craven in North Yorkshire, or to their next of kin. It was designed to serve as a memento of the part that Craven had played in the Great War and is effectively a Roll of Honour. The editor of the Craven Herald, John T Clayton, began compiling the publication in 1916 and took three years to complete it.
The memorial itself is divided into two main sections. The first section is a nominal roll containing names, ranks and regiments. The second is the Roll of Honour which includes more detail, including photographs, supplied by the families of the deceased. Each record includes a transcript as well as an image of the original document which can contain servicemen’s photographic portraits, names, parents’ names and addresses, rank, regiment, date of landing/date of death, place of death and age.