Tea Vans for the Troops Batch of wellequipped Fordson Light
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Vans presented to the Y.M.C.A. by the Chassis Manufacturer A GROUP of five "tea cars," cornI-1 prising Fordson 10-cwt. vans. specially designed to serve hot refreshments to troops, where no canteen is available, has been presented to the Y.M.C.A. by the Ford Motor Co., Ltd. The vehicles were formally presented, a few days ago, at the Dagenham works of the company, by Mr. H. S. Cooper, F.C.A., a director of the Ford concern, and were accepted on behalf of the Association by Sir Alfred D. Pickford, a member of the Y.M.C.A. War Emergency Committee, and Mr. H. E. Dennis, a member of the headquarters staff.
Three of the vehicles are to be used with the Forces overseas, whilst the others will help to serve balloonbarrage and anti-aircraft posts in this country. They will play their part in a service which is receiving a great welcome from the Fighting Forces. The daily routes, mapped out in collaboration with the military authorities, are planned so that the vehicles reach units in scattered positions far removed from canteens. The vehicles are equipped to supply the men with hot cups of tea, hot pies, cigarettes, chocolate and other comforts, which otherviise would be difficult to obtain. Free writing paper, envelopes, games and reading matter will be issued.
The bodywork is of special design, and the interiors are of a height sufficient to allow the helpers to serve from inside. The rear is enclosed by two doors and a deep hinged panel which can be raised to form a canopy. The vans are fitted up to carry urns of tea and a pie oven, in addition to an extremely varied stock of commodities, which includes tooth paste, razor blades, combs and other articles in everyday use, as well as food and cigarettes.