The First World War brought great and lasting changes to English society, stark contrasts between the horrors of casualties on one hand and, on the other, improved material conditions of many civilians, a growing recognition of women’s rights and a commitment of government to major social reforms in health, education and housing for the families of the ‘heroes’. Our concern is with what came to be called ‘The Home Front’ and, more particularly, with the vital problem of feeding a population during Britain’s first experience of a total war which, directly or indirectly, affected the whole nation.