“When Britain declared war in September 1939 few people were prepared for the ensuing overwhelming disruption to civilian life.” In FAMILY TREE magazine (September 2019) I find an article on Fashion on the Home Front. The government introduced clothes rationing in June 1941, it helped to stabilise consumer prices. But textile and garment factories were requisitioned for manufacture of uniforms and other military equipment. Women were making their own clothes. In the summer of 1942, the Ministery of Information’s launched the MAKE -DO and MEND campaign and encouraged everyone to conserve the contents of their wardrobes.
What would G & R wear on te farm and N & C to their office in London?
G does not write about his clothes, no mentions about it in his diary, except for one day:
Monday 24 July 1944 Dull + close as yesterday. N, R + C went at 5.30 a.m. I was up at 6 a.m. cleaned lounge washed clothes, breakfasted + was off to E. Back to a busy afternoon with Snashfold. Carry to get his wood away. Miss Kents’ niece to see the cart + the livestock officer of
the War Damage Committee to see to the damage