Documentary shot inside Royal Hospital Chelsea, a London home for pensioned and veteran soldiers. A frank look at life in the home with interviews amongst residents and the buildings where they live.
Audio & visual:
Sound, Black & White
Opening shot of a war memorial accompanied by ‘When This Ruddy War is Over’ by Ewan McColl.
Quick fade to title sequence and a man crossing the road to Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Veteren soldier talks about being enlisted in the First World War and life at Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Outside Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Camera fades to tracking shot through the wards.
Camera fades to scene with a veteran talking about photos and war memorabilia hung on his room wall.
Camera cuts to more interior shots, veterans with memorabilia and a veteran portrait painting.
A veteran talks about when he was enlisted and the alternative of not doing so “was to starve.”
Exterior shots of a cemetery (presumably on site).
A verteran talks candidly about accepting his imminent death.
More interior shots.
More exterior shots.
Shots of veterans walking in the grounds of the home.
Veterans convene in a huge canteen/dining area cutting to images of memorial inscriptions and war flags on the walls.
A veteran tells a joke.
More interior shots of war/military-related artworks, arms, clothing and models on display. Rousing, marching music in accompaniament.
A veteran tells the camera his age, how long he’s been in the home and some of the simple tasks he does.
Incomplete scene of veterans working in a workshop.
End of shotlist
Collection of Peter Davis Stills, Films, and related items in the archive.
Royal Hospital 1966
Stills taken during Peter Davis’ and Staffan Lamm’s production of the Chelsea Pensioner documentary film, Royal Hospital in Chelsea, West London.