A look at life for 2 young men conscripted as coal miners, Albert Swaisland and Richard Kent.
Title reads: "Bevin Boys".
Chislet Colliery, nr. Canterbury, Kent.
M/S of coal miners leaving pit. We see the miners handing in helmet lights at end of shift. C/U of two young miners: Albert Swaisland and Richard Kent, both aged 18. They are "Bevin Boys": they were conscripted to work in mines.
M/S of the boys, now clean and tidy, making way to lodgings. Various shots of boys having tea with mining family, the Laverys, who they have been billeted with. Various shots of boys walking past River Stour, past old house, down lanes and into woodlands. The boys sit beneath the trees and read text books. M/S of boys doing work in cramped pantry of lodgings. Albert writes out sheet music.
Albert and Richard visit Richard's family home; a large detached bungalow (much posher looking than the Laverys' home). We see the boys in the plush drawing room where Richard reads and Albert plays the piano. They walk out of French windows and admire the garden.