Category Wartime rationing

Coping in a POW camp

Available through many sources, and one of the many books on my book shelves, is ‘The Diaries of Captain John Mansel, Prisoner of War and Camp Forger, in Germany, 1940-45’.  I’ve just picked up a short piece that he recorded on Wednesday 29th October 1941 during his stay at a typical POW camp: Lunch is […]

The day after Britain rationed Bread

Monday 22nd July 1946 was the first day after the introduction of bread rationing in Britain. The country had been told that the ration would be on a varying scale for differing types of workers and for children of different ages. For the ordinary adult it would be nine ounces of bread per day, part […]

Zeppelins over east anglia – the on the spot reports

On the night of Tuesday 19th January 1915 the first Zeppelin raid on English towns was carried out after darkness fell. At half past eight four bombs were dropped Yarmouth, a man and a woman being killed, a soldier seriously injured, and much damage done to property. The raiders flew over Cromer but did not […]

Old New Year; Flying Machines; a Brave Poet followed by a Meeting at Hampton Court; Queen Victoria and a ‘new invention; milk rationing; the Listener followed by a servant in troubled

11th January: Last week we were reacting to the missing 11 days based on Christmas. Today we have, in Scotland, a different reaction to the ‘loss of 11 days’. The Scottish village of Burghead on the Moray Firth now celebrates this day as ‘Old New Year’s Eve’. Their celebration is known as ‘the Burning of […]