Victorian soldiers were tough!

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by pj

I’ve found a couple of Victorian soldiers in my line, so far and today I’ve been researching conditions.  In a word, grim!  Pay was 1s 1d a day (about 5.5p) and out of that they had to pay for food (about 6d/2.5p), uniform and its upkeep, medical expenses and any damages incurred to their accommodation.  Barracks were horribly overcrowded, badly lit and heated.  Rations were 1lb of meat and 1lb of bread a day, little or no vegetables or dairy produce.  Monotonous and ultimately unhealthy.  There was a lot of sickness.