There was no welfare system, to be clothed, fed and watered on a daily basis must have been a salvation to so many in those days.
I was actually quite surprised to note how similar the diet was for the Second World War and Operation Herrick.
djb wrote: I was very surprised how good the average diet was in the Boer War. I has read elsewhere that men would join up solely for the food the service in the army provided.
No doubt there was a huge amount of variation and I wonder how often this target figure was met?