Diet – March 1942

May 24, 2009

It was a week or two before the Japanese began to issue rations to the 50,000 or so prisoners at Changi.  Food was very short, the POWs having to rely on any supplies they had managed to bring with them.   The meagre and eclectic nature of the diet is evident from my father’s notes.

Diet P.O.W.

Tuesday 17th March

Breakfast 9am; 9:30am

2 slices of bread (no yeast; sour)

Desert spoonful pork lard

Mug of tea

Dinner (Tiffin)  1:30pm; 2:00pm

Boiled rice with salmon mixed

1 slice of bread

Tea (Supper) 6:00pm; 6:45pm

Boiled rice with corned beef & a little mango boiled up together.

1 slice beetroot

1 slice of bread

Mug of tea

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