Does anyone know the origins of the 'Fox' trophy that used to be in the Officers Lounge on Sir Tristram. I think that it was a Vixen rather than a Dog Fox. I am trying to find out why it was presented to the ship and what for.(egg)
The fox was presented to the ship in Jan 1987 by Chief Officer Jeremy Brooks.
I don't know the reason but I will contact Monica, his widow, and see if I can find out more..
I have a reasonable photo taken on board if you would like a copy.
When I was in Tristram in 1977
the fox had a pair of miniature army boots hanging out of its rear end. Needless to say there was a sense of humour failure on the part of certain embarked Army officers.
You saw it in '77 and it was there when I was there in 79/80.
Monica says Jeremy had retired in '87 so it looks as if the plaque on the
fox is incorrect.
She can't remember why it was presented but says he obtained it from the
IOW Hunt. Must have been before '77. Weird.
When I was there I had an "action man" model of an army officer removed from it's blood stained teeth as I thought it would make for better relations with our guests.
King Ratt, thank you for that I run the site along with a colleague and we are trying to record as much of the RFA's rich and varied history as we can, whether it is good bad or indifferent - as can be seen from some of the dit's we have put up.
There is still an awful lot of articles to put up, some great personal accounts of life in the RFA and some suprising items of news from down the years. If any of you kind gentlemen would like to contribute anecdotes, memories or bits of news, they will be very warmly recieved.
I was going to say that the fox was bought by a second officer during a run ashore from Marchwood when I was there in either 1970 / 71 or 1973 / 74 but having read the R.F.A. article I see that it was a replacement for that one.