A Tot of Rum

Artefact
A miniature tin cup for measuring a tot of rum
A miniature tin cup for measuring a tot of rum

During the First World War soldiers manning the Front Line trenches and before an attack, were given a tot of rum. The 40% proof rum arrived in two gallon stone jars marked SRD for Services Rum Diluted, but was known by the soldiers as Seldom Reaches Destination. The tot was about a tablespoon and on a bitter cold morning or evening in the trenches when the soldiers were standing in mud, water or snow it must have been quite literally a life-saver

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