Since I have been writing about the Troopship ‘Dominion Monarch’ I have unearthed a few more bits and pieces. I wondered why both my father (Gordon Dinnis) and Bob (R.J. Cotton the writer from the BBC People’s War website) thought it worth mentioning the white bread and butter they were given on board ship. My Dad went so far as to underline the word ‘bread‘.
His letter reads: “We get lovely white bread”
I then noticed one of the first things Bob wrote about was his first meal on board – Spam and white bread and butter.
So I searched for more details of rationing in the Second World War and found that there had been a ban on white bread in the UK during World War 2. This seems to have been because in order to make white bread, the grain goes through a sifting process to take out the husks and kernels. This process meant throwing away one third of the grain which was considered too much of a waste during wartime.
So, the white bread would have been a real treat for them!
I got this information from the following websites:
R.J. Cotton WW2 People’s War’
WW2 People’s War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar