Alexanda Newbold of Adelaide South Australia (SA) claims to have been a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army. He is involved with the SA Scouting Movement and proudly shows "his" campaign medals to impressionable fellow scouts.
Notice that Newbold wears an array of Campaign Medals as well as an Infantry Combat Badge to "prove" his claims to be a returned Army Veteran.
Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
The Afghanistan NATO Medal
When Newbold married, he wore the medals with the full ceremonial dress of a 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR) Commissioned Officer, together with a coveted Sherwood Green Commando Beret and a Sword. Unfortunately we have no photographs of this event, however as is the usual case one may turn up after publication.
In fact, other than a Boy Scout's sneaker, Newbold has never pulled on a Defence boot of any kind. He is an unscrupulous liar, cheat and wannabe. There should be no place for him in Scouting Movement as it includes keen young Australians who would naively give misdirected homage to Newbold for his false Military achievements.
During the early stages of this investigation, we contacted the Scouting Movement of South Australia and advised them of Newbold's dishonesty. Since then Newbold has turned himself into South Australian State Police, confessed his criminal activities in relation to the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:
80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations
We hope the South Australian Police do their duty and put him before a Magistrate.
Wearing campaign medals and combat badges is easy, earning them is another thing. Many Australians have died earning the medals that Newbold is wearing, and untold thousands of others suffer from the experience of earning medals whilst serving their country in war. Wearing medals without earning them is unacceptable, hurtful and offensive behaviour.
As sung by the musical icon Slim Dusty, this is the "Land of no Second Chance". We do not pick and choose whether a person is exposed based on extenuating circumstances. Be assured if you falsely claim to be a returned veteran your infamy will be recorded here.
For his dishonesty and his yearning to be seen as a decorated returned veteran, Newbold has well earned his place on this web site.