The Froth Blowers Grail - Bert Temple's Tankard .
The Friends of the Froth Blowers were contacted back in June 2007 by ex pat David F Oxford in Australia.
David found the FOFB website via Google after a magazine article stirred his interest as he held a couple of AOFB items of regalia that originally belonged to his father, Major David T Oxford. This opened a regular e-mail dialogue regarding all things AOFB - then he dropped into the 'conversations' that he had Bert Temple's tankard.
David very kindly sent some pictures but could not say why the tankard came into the family only some of the 'how' as the other side was engraved.
When Bert passed away , the Gentle Zephyr - Dorothy Roper , was the sole beneficiary of his Last Will and Testament and took possession of the tankard. Dorothy must have kept the tankard safe somewhere until she had the tankard engraved and presented it to Major Oxford, believed to be in 1951 or 1952.
It has since come to light that after the AOFB was voluntarily disbanded, at some time, Dorothy worked as a secretary at Greenwich Hospital ( believed to formerly have been the Royal Hospital for Seamen) for many years - this could possibly be the link between Dorothy and Major Oxford.
David was planning a return to the UK to visit family and friends and we were in touch regarding meeting up as he had offered to bring the tankard with him, he was hoping that his visit could be co-incided with a FOFB event.
Around Christmas 2007 e-mails were going unanswered ( until the e-mail address was cancelled in April) sadly David had fallen ill and passed away shortly afterwards before his intended return to the UK.
In some of his previous e-mails he had spoken fondly and proudly of his own offspring who were still in the UK in London and in the pub trade. Not knowing at the time what had happened , I traced and called David's son. Nigel, a publican in North London. Nigel was quite taken aback having just returned from Australia, but the ensuing conversation answered a few questions that arose. David had left instruction that whatever happened - Bert's tankard, and a few other AOFB items were not to be disposed of but must be returned to the UK.
Luckily, for the enthusiasts amongst us, Nigel and his sister adhered to their fathers request and have been kind enough to loan out the 'Grail' on occasions for which I ( and I suspect a few others ) are extremely grateful to the Oxfords.