David Freeman is a Lieutenant Colonel retired from the Australian Army Legal Corps. He wears nine medals, seven are legitimate and two are illegal worthless junk.
The last two medals worn by Freeman are the offenders, they are medals from a bogus Order of St John and he does not have permission to wear them.
There are dozens of schisms of the Order of St John. Department of Honours and Awards recognises only the Order of St John that is headed by our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth 11. It is named:
The most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
There are dozens of "copy cat" organisation, who for a range of reasons create a Chivalrous hierarchy and bestow titles, medals and honours on themselves. It really is just big kids playing dress up.
Freeman is a member of, and wears the medals of a bogus group named: Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller . Here is their logo:
Note their Grand Master HRH Prince Karl Vladimir Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia CCSJ is a defunct Prince from a defunct Yugoslavia monarchy
Freeman's second last medal is a White Maltese Cross which is the Knight Order of St Johns with a red ribbon. The legitimate Knight Orders of St John always have black ribbons and with permission from the Governor General, Knight Orders from the British based organisation can be worn as a Necklet or bow, not added to Federal medals.
Freeman will be one or the other of the bogus "Knights" listed below. Note the instructions for wearing the White Maltese Cross with red ribbon.
The last medal that Freeman is wearing is a 50th Anniversary of the defunct Yugoslavia Royal households involvement of their bogus version of the Order of St John.
To exacerbate the situation Freeman is a member of the Board of the Currumbin RSL on the Gold Coast of Queensland. It is also noted that the President of that RSL is Ron Workman who also appears on our web site for wearing unauthorised medals. See here:
The Gold Coast region is a "hotbed" for frauds, liars and wannabes and part of the reason is that many of them have been RSL Sub Branch executives.
One would think that a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Legal Corp would have the "nous" to work out medals entitlement and protocols.
We have many completed cases where we have received threats from legal firms about people we have correctly exposed. We live with the expectation of receiving such a threat from Lieutenant Colonel Freeman, however because we know that what we have said is true and correct Freeman will stay firmly lodged on our web site for a very long time,
UPDATE 4 MAY 2016
Ex Army Legal Officer Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) David Freeman has chosen to defend the indefensible.
Here is the full report from the Gold Coast Bulletin:
Here are excerpts, of what he said to the Gold Coast Bulletin Newspaper, on 21 April 2016, together with our responses:
We iterate, that the last two medals, worn by Freeman, are "Dress up Junk".
What a load of codswallop the Governor Generals Directive was not introduced in "March this year". It has been around for many years, and the current issue, was updated in Oct 2012. However, in the update there were no variations in policy from previous issues. See here:
The two medals are far from legitimate. They are "trash tin", presented by a defunct Yugoslavia monarch, Grand Master HRH Prince Karl Vladimir Karadjordjevic, of Yugoslavia CCSJ. The medals are not, and never will be, approved to be attached to an Australian medals rack. Freeman claims there were no clear protocols at the time. That is pure bovine excreta. As previously stated, the protocols have been in place for many years. The Gold Coast Bulletin trimmed the fake medals from their report.
Here, again, are the two medals attached to Freeman's rack:
We encourage Freeman's legal team to report the matter, to the Queensland Police, detailing that Freeman is wearing medals, that were not conferred upon him, by the Governor General. Perhaps he has committed an offence under the Defence Act, Part VII, section 80B. However, the charges won't stick, because the "tin", he is wearing, were conferred by a defunct Yugoslav Prince and could not, under any circumstances, be defined as "Service Medals". The only service they would have seen, is the pseudo services and ceremonies, conducted by "grown ups" playing Knights and Dames, to a deceased foreign Prince.
He claims that he was directed, to wear the medals, by his superiors. No superiors, from the Australian Defence Force, would give such a direction. In the context, of wearing the medals on the Military Uniform of a Lieutenant Colonel, one can assume the mentioned "Superior" is an appropriate member of the Australian Defence Force.
As shown above, he appears to believe that he was given permission, to wear the medal, by a superior, named Colonel George Kearney (Rtd)
Colonel George Kearney (Rtd), is the Queensland Prior of the Yugoslav Order of St John. Kearney, was also an eminent Defence Medical Officer. However, he is not (yet) the Governor General, and cannot confer "tin" medals on his acolytes and minions. Below is a photograph of Prior Chevalier George Kearney AM GCSJ RFD ED, Prior of Queensland.
Freeman introduces another medals fanangler, R&SL Currumbin, Sub-Branch President, Mr Ron Workman, to support his plea. Workman is a good ally for Freeman, also being a blatant medals cheat.
See here: www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/370-workman. We noticed, on ANZAC Day, this year, that Workman has removed the offending medals.
Despite Freeman's service, as a Legal officer he, apparently, knows three fifths of five eighths of very little, about traditions and protocols, or he chooses to 'enhance' his image, by ignoring those traditions and protocols. His arguments are shallow, inaccurate and without substance.
By reporting this matter to the public, in the Gold Coast Bulletin, Freeman has brought further discredit upon himself. Genuine Australian and New Zealand Veterans, will see him as a Retired Army Legal Officer, who was given his rank, because of his legal qualifications. He does not possess the honour and integrity, that is ingrained into the fibre of a career Officer, who has earned his rank through soldiering.
We would suggest that Freeman shut up and stop making a further fool of himself.