RATIONS WERE QUITE GENEROUS compared to those ashore. For instance, the meat ration was to the value of 7/6, while on shore they had to make do with 1/-, of which 2d had to be taken as corned beef.
The fat ration was 8ozs butter, 2ozs margarine and 2ozs lard. On shore it was 2ozs of each. Cheese was 8ozs, and on shore 4ozs. Eggs were practically nonexistent, but we were able to get dried egg with points.
We were lucky enough to be trading for the most part to places where we could do a bit of bartering and for one spell, didn’t have to buy any vegetables at all. Our butcher at Greenhithe always wrapped the meat in mutton cloth, and invariably put in a lump of suet. Our rations had to be bought at merchants licensed by the Ministry of Food. When we arrived at places like Goole and Blyth, grocer boys and butcher boys would be vying with each other to get your order. We were allowed one tin of condensed milk per week. Lady Astor thought that it was too much, and tried to get it reduced to one every ten days, but was unsuccessful. I had a couple of spells as cook during the war, and it was surprising how we seemed to conjure up cooked meals three times a day.
T R WILLIS
61 Craigmill Gardens
Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 6HX