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Moonraker

Women replacing men in British camp kitchens

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Moonraker

This thread has prompted me to think about the extent to which women replaced men in British camp kitchens as the war progressed. In fact I'm hazy about how the kitchens were staffed.  Frogsmile's reply of ten years ago suggests that the units based at the camps provided the staff, which must have caused problems when an unit moved in or out, but in the case of airfields there must have been resident catering staff.

 

 

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FROGSMILE
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5 hours ago, Moonraker said:

This thread has prompted me to think about the extent to which women replaced men in British camp kitchens as the war progressed. In fact I'm hazy about how the kitchens were staffed.  Frogsmile's reply of ten years ago suggests that the units based at the camps provided the staff, which must have caused problems when an unit moved in or out, but in the case of airfields there must have been resident catering staff.

 

 


I’ve learned since my post of 10-years ago that after 1917 some cooks were provided by the Home Service (Area Employment) Companies of the Labour Corps (it was one of a list of roles), as well as some from Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (previously WAAC) as the war went on, reflecting the need to maximise the availability of men for the Front. In general there would usually be a small permanent staff in training camps in order to provide continuity, but these would still have been supplemented by any regimental cooks of the units passing through.  There would also usually be permanent pan washers from the same sources.

 

 

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Moonraker

Ah, thanks as ever. That makes good sense.

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