A battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment in the rear areas of the Western Front, autumn 1917.
A posed group of men of the battalion sitting or lying down. A posed shot of two soldiers together. Three soldiers clean a disassembled Lewis machine gun. A company drilling, indifferently, on open ground. A platoon practises taking aim and recovering its rifles. Signallers practise semaphore drill. An NCO, leading bayonet practice, shows a group of the men how to contain a fugitive. Officers and men stand outside a battalion headquarters made up of temporary huts. Two companies march past the huts.