THE GOOD OLD DAYS
ADDED 19 MARCH 2007
During the winter of 1942-43, I was serving with the A.T.S. in Old
Dalby, near Leicester. We worked in a R.O.A.C. depot, and Saturday was our
There were no cooked lunches in the mess, meals consisted of cold raw
vegetables, plus a bread pudding made from the weeks left over bread,
which had been saved in a tea chest. It was very palatable considering it
contained lots of pieces of tin foil with which the chests had been
sealed, plus a few small nails to sharpen the appetite.
Tea was served in tall brown enamel jugs, the bottom half still containing
some of the previous days vegetable soup. You daren't complain to the duty
officer otherwise you would be put on a charge.
One Saturday, a few of us walked to Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork
pies. In the cafe we were served with a large portion of pie, a toasted
teacake and a cup of tea. For this lovely meal we were charge ten old
pennies. On paying we each received a chocolate wafer.
We thanked the owners and set off to walk the seven miles back to our cold
Nissen hut. Happy Days!
19 March 2007