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Collection of Wartime Anecdotes

by CSV Action Desk Leicester

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CSV Action Desk Leicester
People in story: 
Jim Ellis
Location of story: 
Norwich and Suffolk
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18 April 2005


Rationing meant that there was no imported fruit of any kinds. There was limitations on fat, meat and most essentials of the diet. I didn't know what a banana was until the end of the war. We had dried bananas which looked like dog-dirt, and I refused to eat them.

My mother mixed her rations of butter and margarine together to make 'butmar'. She made her own bread on a Saturday which was extremely holey, and if I was careful and she didn't notice, I could fill these holes with 'butmar' so that it looked as if I had only spread a little on the bread. Toilet paper as such did not exist and my Sunday job was to cut up the Daily Express into squares and thread it onto string to replace the much needed utility.

When my Aunt Joyce married, she had a wedding cake; but to my great disgust the icing was actually a cardboard shell, painted and decorated to look like icing.

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