The last British troops to leave Peking
swing out of barracks on their way to the station.
And as they pass, the American garrison honors them by presenting arms.
Our men have done a good job of work and now they are to be transferred.
There′s a flutter of excitement on the station as the unit marches to the train.
They′ve made many friends in the city and local British residents are there to see them off.
The departure of the British garrison is another development in the complicated situation in north China.
But the soldiers and their friends are not concerned with politics.
For them, the occasion is one of fond farewell and good luck.
Our thoughts follow them as they leave this distant outpost for duty elsewhere.