World War Two UK Food Rationing Timetable
September 3 1939: Britain and France declare war on Germany.
1939: Petrol rationing begins (ended May 1950)
8 January, 1940: Rationing on bacon, butter and sugar.
11 March 1940: All meat is rationed.
July 1940: Tea, margarine were added to the list of rationed foods.
March 1941: Jam was put on ration.
May 1941: Cheese was rationed.
1 June 1941: Rationing of clothing (ended 15 March 1949)
July 1941: Coal is rationed.
January 1942: Rice and dried fruit were added to the list of rationed foods.
February 1942: Soap was rationed. Tinned tomatoes and peas were added to the list of rationed food.
17 March 1942: Coal, gas and electricity were all rationed.
26 July 1942: Rationing of sweets and chocolate.
August 1942: Biscuits 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 ended.
25 July 1948: End of flour rationing.
15 March 1949: End of clothing ration.
19 May 1950: Rationing ended for canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies and mincemeat.
September 1950: Soap comes off the list of rationed goods.
3 October 1952: Tea rationing ended.
1953: Sweet and sugar rationing ends.
4 July 1954: Food rationing ends.
1954: Women celebrating the end of food rationing