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Irish Free State

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Winifred Trafford
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12 July 2005

"This story was submitted to the People's War site by Nona Dougherty of the GMR Action Desk on behalf of Winifred Strafford and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions".

In the Irish Free State, there were shortages of tea, coffee, oranges and bananas. Also sweets were in short supply although there was no rationing [i.e. Rationbooks] or black-out. We had plenty of food, homegrown fruit and vegetables . Although there was no rationing, we were limited to certain amounts/weights for some foodstuffs. Suger was made from local sugarbeet so there was no scarcity here.

My Grandfather served in the British Army in the Boer war and Great War [Royal Dublin Fusiliers]. He took great interest in the war and was glued to the news.

A plane came down in Dublin with Germans who were interned. They sometimes came to local dances and my Grandfather used to talk to them.

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