World War One Ration Book

Another ‘basement find.’  This was used by my grandfather’s family while they were in England in the First World War. My great grandfather, Lieut Col. T.C.D. Bedell was in command of the 156th Battalion.

Rationed food in this booklet: meat, lard (yum!), jam, butter and margarine.

During World War One the declaration of unlimited U-boat warfare signaled the time for rationing food supplies. Heavy fines were issued to people who misused or bought beyond what was rationed.

Looking at the back of the ration books, it was also a good opportunity for the government to communicate with the people.

Wonder if I could cash them in today?  I could do without the lard and jam, but meat is quite costly…

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