Reading became the focus for treating the wounded – the old Workhouse was transformed into Battle Hospital. The Reading V.A.D. groupAn advert for the Splint and Bandage Day could transfer a whole train-load of walking-wounded and stretcher-cases to the hospitals within an hour. The town held ‘Splint and Bandage’ days, and the surrounding villages collected Sphagnum Moss to make absorbent dressings.
1943 Betty Crocker Your Share - Wartime Meal Planning
During World War II, the english government created the Ministry of Food to help families make the most of wartime rations. So in this interesting book, we can find beautiful poster from this period and ingenious recipes. Still useful now, in this economic crise ! The Ministry of Food: thrifty wartime ways to feed your family today AUTHOR Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall PUBLISHER Hodder & Stoughton.
This advert in January 1918 would have caused shock-waves. It announced that people could attend free clinics for Venereal Diseases at the Royal Berks Hospital. The advert was followed in Spring 1919 by several similar notices as the soldiers were de-mobbed. Reading was hit by ‘Spanish Flu’ in late October 1918, and again in February 1919. On March 1st 1919, the ‘Mercury’ reported 23 deaths in the previous week from influenza and pneumonia.
The Exalted Song of the Rutabaga (1917) Rationing on the home front during the First World War introduced many households to inferior substitute foods. Turnips and rutabagas became symbolic of war-time shortages. Recipes and techniques to hide or cover up the flavor of these vegetables did little to alter their distinctive taste. Here is an ironic German song about the rutabaga and its various guises.
The Munitions of War Act 1915 was a British Act of Parliament promulgated during the First World War which brought private companies supplying the armed forces under the tight control of the newly created Ministry of Munitions, regulating wages, hours and employment conditions. It was a penal offence for a worker to leave his current job at such a "Controlled Establishment" without the consent of his employer, which in practice was "almost impossible" to obtain.
The Church had long been concerned about the effect of alcohol on soldiers. The The interior of the YMCA Hut at BearwoodY.M.C.A. provided a recreation hut at Bearwood and laid on entertainment, as an alternative to the attractioAn appeal for donations for the C.E.T.S. Hut at the Remount Depot ns of local public houses, while the Church of England Temperance Society erected a similar hut at the Remount Depot, opened by Mrs. Stuart Rickman, who had come down from her London house for the…