BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site

Contact Us

The child chef

by cambsaction

You are browsing in:

Archive List > Rationing

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Eric Dent
Location of story: 
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
22 December 2005

“Some time ago, the government talked about how terrible it was to be a latchkey child; but that was what I was, at 9 years of age. Both of my parents were called up. My father was serving with the Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders while my mother was working in an RAF factory, in the drawing office, drawing shells and projectiles for the factory that manufactured them. She left at 7.30 in the morning and got home at 7 o’clock at night. Since I left school at 4 o’clock, what did I do until 7 at night? So I used to make the meals. There was no fire lit because you couldn’t leave a fire burning during the day; so when I came in from school, I got on with it and did as much as I could to help Mam. I remember making fritters, with dried egg and spam. I would put the potatoes and carrots on and then made spam fritters or something like that.”

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Rationing Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy