135 men associated with the two villages were of military age during the Great War of 1914-18. Their military records have been searched and, where found, recorded here. This book puts names to the men who went to fight and in some cases faces to the names. A profile of the lives of these men and their families, before, during and after the war has been constructed wherever possible. This includes births, deaths, family, marriage, employment, diet and living conditions: wherever possible details are illustrated with photographs. Their war records, regiment, rank, places served and battles fought in are detailed.
The broad demographics of the time are summarised: living conditions, diet, life expectancy, housing and wages. Details of the military of the time are introduced including, volunteering, conscription, physical fitness criteria and medals available and how they were awarded to the men of Bilborough and Strelley.