Looking for the meaning of 'Python leave' in war-diaries. Found it on the Peoples War site. Rob For info: This was now my ‘Python’ leave. In case you wonder what ‘Python’ leave was, the answer is that for anyone serving overseas for longer that four years, on return to England, had only ‘home postings’ and did not return to Europe. There was another form of leave called ‘Lilop’. This was leave in lieu of ‘Python’. In this case, service personnel came back to Britain, but had to return to Europe before demob.