Title ID 7734Collection ID873
Title[Vacation Leave 1961: Part One]
Date1961; [June 1962]
CollectionMaurice Puttock
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily Life Wartime And Military Leisure
KeywordsArmed Forces Beaches Cultural Heritage Domestic Gardens Family Holidays Houses Leisure Time Activities Monuments Old Age Royalty Rural Areas Tourism Transport Urban Areas Villages Seaside Resorts
LocalLusaka Southampton London Bexhill Battle
RegionalHampshire Greater London East Sussex
NationalZambia England United Kingdom Africa Europe
ProductionMaurice Puttock
CameraMaurice Puttock
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Holiday and family scenes including on board a ship arriving at Southampton; Maurice Puttock attending a Trooping the Colour event in Horse Guards Parade; a visit to Bexhill Seafront, Battle Abbey and Battlefield; and visiting The Monument in London to capture panoramic views from the top (202 feet high). The film closes with family scenes in a garden.


Rural views with mountains are followed by scenes at a dockyard with a number of ships in dock, including the ("Oranjefontein"). There are views of work being carried out in the dockyard. On board a ship, there are views of deck games and sports including: sack races, a fancy dress parade, a Neptune dunking in a pool and a water fight. Several people are seen sleeping and sunbathing on deck. The ship arrives at "Southampton Ocean Terminal", with views of the dock and buildings, and the film-maker's family on the dockside.

Shots cut to scenes at Horse Guards parade with several Household foot guards in motion in the parade ground, before extended scenes of the Trooping the Colour parade. Shots are taken from a terraced stand in the parade ground that includes the entrance of HM The Queen, Elizabeth II riding side-saddle into the parade ground seen in close-up. and scenes of the Colour being paraded by the Guard of the Colour [some damage to film].

The next sequence shows the sign for Bexhill with the town coat of arms. Several of the Puttock family members sit on the grass in a field followed by panoramic views of the countryside and out to sea. A sign for "Venture" on a house leads to shots of Clive and Clifford swimming and playing on the beach at Bexhill. The boys stand for portraits with their grandparents.

A shot of a brochure for Battle Abbey is followed by various shots of the Abbey and battlefields with gardens in full bloom. A series of dark and out of focus shots of one of the vaulted buildings follows [not in online clip] with views of the abbey ruins and walls. The scene cuts to Clive or Clifford swimming in the sea at Bexhill.

Returning to London, a household foot guard stands on parade outside a building being inspected by a commanding officer, for a Changing the Guard ceremony (?). The group parade from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace via the Mall with the companies Colour.

The scene cuts to shots of an ornate cake and Maurice Puttock's parents cutting the celebratory cake, followed by scenes of the family standing in a garden preparing for family portrait photographs. The shot cuts to scenes of the London Skyline as seen from the top of The Monument, towards Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral and street level at the junction of Monument street and Fish Street Hill.

Final scenes show portrait shots of a young boy playing with a stick in the garden, a man holding a toddler girl in a garden and scenes of the children sat on the grass.