What was rationed during World War 2 in England?
•1939 World War Two begins•1939 - Petrol rationing (ended
May 1950 )
•8 January 1940 - Rationing of bacon, butter and
•11 March 1940 - All meat was rationed (fresh and
•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
•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
•By 17 March 1942, coal, gas and electricity were all
•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
•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
In addition to the above food, everyone was allowed 16 points
per month to use on what ever food items they
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.