This Christmas, drink from a Tommy Tankard and remember the fallen who cannot be here with us.
High quality, heavyweight feel
Traditional, clear glass design with Etched Tommy and excerpt from the poem 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon.
- Oversized pint size
These Tankards are designed and supplied to RBLI by Royal Navy veteran Mike Matthews. Please see below a message from Mike:
"I have served just over 22 years in the Royal Navy as a Weapon Engineer reaching the rank of Petty Officer. I have spent my career on various classes of ship, starting out on the old Type 42 Destroyers conducting various operations in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Sierra Leone. This was followed by a short stint on Type 23 Frigates, back in the gulf. After that I was moved to the Type 45 class, bringing them into service, working with the US navy off the coast of the states and deploying back in the Persian Gulf. I then moved to Single Role Mine Hunters for the last few years conducting various operations between the Baltic Seas and the Gulf.
It was during this time that I found I had cancer resulting in severe back pain. This left me unable to do much at all and in a constant battle with pain. I have been in remission for 2 years now but it has left me with 2 fractures in my spine which is a daily fight with pain to allow me to do things.
I decided to try and do something with my hands, where I can manage my own time so on bad days I can have a break. I started to etch glasses and then had an idea with using the Tommy. The process involves sending the design to a vinyl cutter to make the transfer and cut out all of the letters, I then have to sit and pick out each letter so It leaves a gap in the vinyl. This is then stuck to the glass as a stencil and etching cream applied. Once it has been on long enough it is removed and residue washed off. This process is repeated for the other side so it can take a while to make each one, especially removing the letters.
The idea for these was that they would make a nice gift for serving, ex serving or family members who have lost someone. They can be used as a keepsake or to hold a toast to them on their special days to remember them."
As well as being designed and created by a veteran, all proceeds from the sale of this item go towards RBLI's efforts in supporting Veterans and those with disabilities.