Private Sheffield tells why he did not go on leave in 21 years.
LV. Private Sheffield seated at table in his quarters. SV. Private Sheffield showing long service and good conduct stripes on arm. CU. Private Sheffield looking up at pictures on wall. SCU. Picture of army group. SCU. Various pictures of private Sheffield in frame. SV. Sheffield cleaning brass hat badge. SCU. Sheffield's best battle dress blouse on which are his medals, long service and good conduct stripes. SCU. Pan from old-fashioned picture of soldier to another. SCU. Sheffield buttoning blouse. Stripes and medals prominent. LV. Pathe reporter John Parsons meets Sheffield and two soldiers in denims. SV. Sheffield, in answer to question says (natural sound): 'I don't trouble about leave.' Q: 'Why is that'. A: 'Well, because, save a couple of coppers up, day up in London now and again, another day down at Brighton, two or three days at the Old Contemptibles and Bob's yer uncle. What more d'you want?' SCU. Soldier saying: 'Blimey Chuck, ain't yer bothered about promotion?' 'Promotion no, gawd blimey what do I want promotion for. I'm happy enough with me old pals.' SCU. Soldier says: 'After all this time in the army Chuck, what do you think about sergeant majors?' 'Sergeant majors...'