Emergency rations tin

Emergency rations. Ovoid shaped tin with a ring pull band to open it around the centre. There are traces of blue paint. Two labels (one partly missing) adhere to one side: 'EMERGENCY RATIONS (FIELD SERVICE) This ration is not to be opened except by order of an Officer or in extremity. It is to be carried in the haversack and produced at inspections, &c. The ration is calculated to maintain strength for 36 hours if eaten in small quantities at a time'. The other label appears to give instructions about opening the tin and the contents.

Object Details

ID: AAB0029
Collection: Food and related equipment
Type: Emergency rations
Display location: Not on display
Events: Second Boer War: Battle of Ladysmith, 1899
Date made: 1900
People: MacDonnel, A.; Natal Naval Volunteers
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 40 mm x 115 mm x 65 mm

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