In one of my father’s letters written to his mother during World War 2 he mentions they were given tinned fruit to eat on board the Troopship ‘Dominion Monarch’. I didn’t realise what a treat this would have been for him until I looked deeper into the world of rationing. Bob (R.J. Cotton BBC Peoples War Website) also mentioned having pears and custard for dessert on board, and my father wrote the following:
“I nearly forgot to tell you we can get tinned fruit now and I’ve already had one 2lb tin of peaches, and am having another one today. They are really lovely only I miss the cream.”
“Food rationing during the war meant that we could not get many of the things children now take for granted. Tinned fruit was particularly difficult because the ration coupons needed for just one tin amounted to perhaps all of one person’s tinned food for a month.”
It sounds as if Dad enjoyed making up for lost time!
‘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’