Chil­dren get a taste for First World War food

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By DAN SHAW

BLACK Coun­try schoolchil­dren were given a flavour of life dur­ing the First World War when a spe­cial Armistice Day menu was served up in schools in Wolver­hamp­ton last week.

The menu, fea­tur­ing bully beef, veg­e­tar­ian stew, Trench cake and suet pud­ding, was de­signed to give chil­dren a taste of what life was like in the trenches and on the Home Front 100 years ago.

At the be­gin­ning of the war, sol­diers re­ceived just over 1lb of meat, 1lb of bread and 8oz of veg­eta­bles each day. But by the end of the war the official ra­tion for the av­er­age British Tommy had been re­duced dra­mat­i­cally. Fresh meat was get­ting harder to come by and they re­ceived just 6oz of bully beef – corned beef; sol­diers on the ac­tual front­line got even less.

For­tu­nately, pupils didn’t go hun­gry when they tucked into the spe­cial Armistice Day lunch menu. For mains they were able to choose be­tween bully beef hash and green cab­bage served with home­made bread, or veg­e­tar­ian Ma­conochie’s stew, made with root veg­eta­bles and served with creamed pota­toes and home­made bread.

That was fol­lowed by Trench Cake – a fruit cake tra­di­tion­ally made by peo­ple back home and sent to loved ones on the front­line – or sticky tof­fee suet pud­ding with cus­tard.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Bil­son said, “This spe­cial menu gave young peo­ple a chance to re­flect and re­mem­ber those who fought for our free­dom and ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle of what sol­diers in the trenches and those at home had to eat dur­ing the First World War.”

Coun­cil­lor Lynne Mo­ran added, “Schools across Wolver­hamp­ton have been hold­ing a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties to ed­u­cate pupils about the First World War, and the Armistice Day menu was an in­spired way to give them a taste of life 100 years ago.”

Giv­ing the thumbs up to the Armistice Day menu at Castle­croft Pri­mary School are pupils Erin Ash­ton, Ro­ma­llo Fox and Maisie Si­mone-yeo­mans, school cook Sharon Spicer and Coun­cil­lor Lynne Mo­ran

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