The content consists of files of handwritten notes, prepared by Canon Robert Daniel Kermode, in which Kermode records the whereabouts and fate of men from his parish serving in the First World War. Using plentiful abbreviations, and filing alphabetically, Kermode records the home address, military rank, number and regiment of each man on a separate page. Any news received about changes in unit or location as well as known personal circumstances are recorded, including whether home on leave, wounded, killed in action, moved away or related to others in the files.
By their nature many entries are very poignant, an example being Kermode's own postman and past member of Barrack Street Class and Club, part of St George's Church, Robert Henry Hunter who went to France in 1914 early in the conflict. News filtering back reported him killed but Kermode cannot obtain confirmation. He writes, 'His pay comes, but no word can be obtained from him by his people. R. Taubman says he was with him when he was killed - Moore says he is alive. What has happened? ... Letters returned June 7. Nothing known Aug 5. Sept 27.' In fact Hunter was killed in action on 20 October 1914, aged 27.