& Home Front Living History Group (Incorporating the A.T.S.)
Oxfordshire Home Guard
Lock down project "Tom" T26071908 Home Guard Fighting Vehicle.
Woodcote platoon 5th OXF in true Home Guard Tradition decided to build an armoured car.
The vehicle would be named "Tom" to commemorate Local Defence Volunteer Tom Jewitt who was killed on duty on the second of June 1940 aged just 32 years.
To find a 1940's car and take a grinder to it would be an expensive option so it was decided to procure a scrap car and build it from that.
We settled for a Vauxhall Corsa as there was one in the village that needed to be scrapped and was free to collect
The next thing we had to consider was what to build it out of?
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway were about to burn some packing cases they had no use for so they kindly donated them for the project.
The engine and gear box were scrapped and the finished project is now a trailer allowing us to tow it to future events.
This is what we came up with and we hope you like it, we had a lot of fun building it.
Built by Sgt Michael A Quigley & Pte Mark Taplin photos by Cpl John Hadfield