What was rationed during World War 2 in England?


Rationing Timeline




1939 World War Two begins
•1939 - Petrol rationing (ended May 1950 )
•8 January 1940 - Rationing of bacon, butter and sugar
•11 March 1940 - All meat was rationed (fresh and canned)
•July 1940 - Tea and margarine were rationed.
•March 1941 - Jam was put on ration.
•May 1941 - Cheese was rationed
•1 June 1941 - Rationing of clothing (ended 15 March 1949)
•June 1941 - Eggs were put on ration
•July 1941 - Coal was rationed because more and more miners were called up to serve in the forces.
•January 1942 - Rice and dried fruit were added to the list of rationed foods.
•February 1942 - Soap was rationed so that oils and fats could be saved for food.
•Tinned tomatoes and peas were were added to the list of rationed food.
•By 17 March 1942, coal, gas and electricity were all rationed
•26 July 1942 - Rationing of sweets and chocolate. Each person was allowed about 2oz (55 grams) a week
•August 1942 - Biscuits and cereals rationed
1943 - Sausages are rationed
1945 World War Two Ends.
Rationing continued on many items until 1954.
1948 - The end of rationing begins. It is another 5 years before rationing of all products is stopped.
•25 July 1948 - end of flour rationing
•15 March 1949 - end of clothes rationing
•19 May 1950 - rationing ended for canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies and mincemeat.
•September 1950 - rationing ended for soap
•3 October 1952 - Tea rationing ended
•February 1953 - Sweet and sugar rationing ends
•4 July 1954 - Food rationing ends




Some foods such as potatoes, fruit and fish were not rationed.




In addition to the above food, everyone was allowed 16 points per month to use on what ever food items they wished.


In 1946 (after WWII), when food was just as short as during the preceding years, bread was added to the ration and the sweet ration was halved.