IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:AN INFANTRYMAN AFTER BATTLE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-6
Summary: This film shows an ordinary British soldier taking a break from the fighting and performing various domestic chores while his battalion enjoys a brief spell of rest from the front-line.
Description: A 53rd (Welsh) Divisional concert party performs music and comedy routines before an audience from the 1/5th Battalion Welsh Regiment stationed at the village of Saint Honorine du Fay in the orne valley. Six riflemen from the battalion's 'A' Company, including Private Parkhouse, the film's subject, arrive at the battalion's rest area. Parkhouse takes over a covered slit-trench left by the previous unit resting at Saint Honorine. There, he dumps his kit-bag, takes off his webbing and cleans his section's bren gun. He joins his mates at the cook-house queue and sits down with them for an evening meal. Afterwards, Parkhouse washes his feet in an improvised wash basin made by covering a hole dug in the soil with his waterproof gas-cape. Before turning in, he writes home to his wife in Swansea and then rolls up his sleeping bag inside the gas-cape, which serves as a ground sheet and heads for his slit-trench.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Notes: Refer to A70 120-16 for footage shot by Sergeant Collins showing a 12th Corps RASC unit out of the line enjoying a brief spell of rest and to A70 121-2 for footage shot again by Sergeant Collins showing off duty 1st Corps troops swimming in the Canal de Caen. Refer also to A70 83-3 and 112-1 for material taken by Sergeants Smales and McArdle showing off-duty troops in organised leave-camps.