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08 August 2005

Have you ever wondered what food was like on board a ship during the war? Here's part of the menu from HMS King George V for the week ending June 13 1942.

(It was contributed by B G Richards of the KGV Association, and added to the website by John Young of BBC South East Today, with his permission. He understands the site's terms and conditions.)


Breakfast: bacon and egg

Dinner: tomato soup, roast pork, potatoes, cabbage, apricots and custard

Tea: m eat paste

Supper: lettuce, beetroot, salmon, coffee


Breakfast: sausage and tomato

Dinner: pea soup, roast mutton, potatoes, marrowfat peas, rice pudding

Tea: radishes

Supper: cheese, pickles, cocoa


Breakfast: Fried Fillet of Fish

Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Cold Ham, Salad, Potatoes, Apple Charlotte and Custard Sauce

Tea: Marmalade

Supper: Cornish Pasties, Cocoa


Breakfast: bacon and beans

Dinner: Lentil Soup, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Cabbage, Manchester Tart

Tea: Watercress

Supper: Egg and chips, cocoa


Breakfast: fried sausages, gravy

Dinner: Pea Soup, Preserved Meat, Salad, Potatoes, Pineapple and Custard

Tea: Jam

Supper: Macaroni Cheese, Cocoa


Breakfast: Liver and Tomatoes

Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Steak Pudding, Potatoes, Cabbage, Rice Custard

Tea: Lettuce

Supper: Sea Pie, Cocoa


Breakfast: Bacon and chips

Dinner: Gravy Soup, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots, Apple Pudding, Custard Sauce

Tea: Golden Syrup

Supper: Cheese and salad, Cocoa

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