When using master and subdocuments, it is fundamental to understand that the master takes the lead when the final document is assembled.
Content of the subdocs is imported into the master and the present configuration of styles in the master drives lay out.
Since all your documents are based on the same template (hence all styles have the same names), you would expect that the complete subdocs formatting would be transferred unaltered to the master.
This assumption is correct for paragraph, character, frame and list styles because there is reason to fiddle with them.
This is not the case for page styles. Remember that pages do not exist per se in Writer. They are utility objects allocated on demand to host text flow. Consequently, pages are allocated in the master based on master page styles. Header and footer are attributes of page styles. Therefore, when master page styles are used (i.e. in the master to allocate pages), there is no reference to the subdocs page styles beyond just the name to display content in the right context.
The lesson is: if you added something in the subdocs with regard to template bare description, this addition is not present in the master and won’t appear there. For instance, you added page number field in a subdoc, the page number won’t transfer to the master, you must also add it there. The same goes for chapter title in headers.
The best way to handle this is to put the page “decoration” in the template. No problem for page number. However, since a page style can have only a single header, you can’t hard code the chapter title in there (otherwise all your chapters will bear the same title). The solution is to use a cross-reference to capture the current Heading 1 content.
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