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Some interesting and quirky facts about Britain in general and Great Yarmouth in particular. Many are First and Second World War related but not all.

Rationing in WW1

Food was in short supply in the First World War too although compulsory rationing was not necessary until later in the war. Panic buying was a problem initially in 1914 but shortages were not serious until 1916. Both Britain and Germany relied heavily on imports of food and each had used naval blockades against the other since the start of the war.

Britain set up a Ministry of Food in 1916 to promote voluntary rationing, appealing to people to restrict their intake of basic essentials. They issued posters urging "Save a loaf a week - help win the war" and "Save the Wheat and Help the Fleet"! As with the problem of excessive drinking, the Royal Household lead by example.

Merchant ships carrying foodstuffs, mainly from Canada and America, had been relatively safe from attack but on 9 January 1917, Germany, suffering from food shortages herself, announced that she was introducing unrestricted submarine warfare. The following month alone the German Navy sank 230 ships. The government realised that more food must be grown at home and they took steps in 1917 to address this. The Women's Land Army was set up to replace the male agricultural workers who had gone to war. A Grow Your Own campaign not only encouraged back gardens being turned into vegetable plots and chicken coops but parks and public land being converted to allotments.

These measures, and the setting up of Food Committees in towns and villages to manage the supply and distribution of food, were not enough. By January 1918, the Ministry of Food had to concede that its policy of voluntary rationing had not worked and compulsory rationing was introduced. Ration books with coupons were issued and people had to register with grocers and butchers. Sugar, meat, butter, cheese and margerine were all rationed - butter until 1920. But rationing in World War I was still relatively light compared with World War II.

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