Wartime Rationing of Tinned Fruit

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.”

tinned peachesFrom the BBC Peoples War Website ‘iwasawarchild’ writes about rationing:

“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’

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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4 Responses to Wartime Rationing of Tinned Fruit

  1. gpcox says:

    With your permission, I am going to put a link to your site into my guest post article on rationing.

  2. I always look down on food like canned (tinned) peaches, unless they are for babies or the elderly, but this post really made me realize how spoiled I am, and what a luxury they would be to me, too, if I couldn’t have treats.

    • Me too, I grew up with tinned fruit and evaporated milk and couldn’t see the appeal! It’s something I never buy now and never have, but I remember doing my dad’s shopping in his later years and he still thought of tinned peaches as a treat 🙂

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