Surname: Lawson
Christian Names: Joshua Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Fremantle
Service: Army
Branch: Medic
Case Notes:

Joshua Douglas Lawson of Rockingham Western Australia

Joshua Douglas Lawson thrilled the crowds at the Fremantle ANZAC Day 2013 March with his heavy rack of “warriors” medals.


 In reality he served his entire military career without leaving the shores of Australia

Lawson served for six years in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.  According to Lawson he was deployed with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) to Iraq. There is considerable difference between Lawson’s “SASR service” and reality. His only involvement with SASR was to attend a six weeks course. We are reliably advised that he never completed the course and was returned to his unit in Townsville Queensland.

Placing fraudulent photographs on Facebook is not a good strategy. There are many who had served with him, who noticed his ANZAC Day Facebook photograph, and were quick to provide us with the truth or his service.

It is difficult to comprehend how a person can tell blatant lies to his loved ones and friends, but as you can see in the extract below, some of Lawson’s friends and family believe his lies of overseas deployments. One friend must be suspicious because he asks “Why first year with his gongs”


When the evidence was gathered a simple invitation was sent to Lawson requesting he provide information to prove his entitlement to wear six medals. Lawson was requested three times to produce his bona fides but on each occasion he refused to co-operate.

“25 May

to Joshua

Last ANZAC Day you were wearing at least six medals indicative of multiple Defence Deployments. All you need to do is advise us that the medals you wore were issued to you.

We have no leanings one way or the other in this matter and advice from you could well end our enquiries.


“Joshua Lawson

25 May (4 days ago)

to me

As stated before, I don't recognise any official authority that you have. I simply don't talk about my time in the defence force. Especially to strangers that I don't know.

So go ahead with your investigation mate. Please understand that it is not that I am inhibiting you, I just don't know you.

P.S. I do like your website though, it was an entertaining read. I'm unsure how I'd never heard of this before”

Because of the quality of the photograph we are unable to clearly identify the six medals he is wearing, we have a Statutory Declaration declaring that he is wearing an Iraq deployment medal and the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM).  The last medal on the right hand side is identifiable as the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). The other three we are unsure of, except that we know he has no entitlement to wear any medal except for the ADM. The ADM is awarded to all Defence personnel who complete at least four years voluntary service and Lawson meets that criteria.

Lawson is a major “lily gilding” wannabe, he has purchased five extra medals and added them to his ADM. There is a tidal wave of cheats like Lawson who are making themselves infamous by advertising false military histories on the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn.

We challenge Lawson to name any veteran who can attest to him having operational service, without doubt he cannot do so, as he never left Australia during his six years of Defence Service.

There is a tidal wave of wannabes who are using the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn to purvey false Military Histories; this is a stupid move because genuine Veterans and ex Service Men and Women also subscribe to these programs and the chances of being recognized are very high.

Lawson is a liar, cheat and wannabe who decided to turn his mundane military career into that of a much deployed SASR hero, Lawson has been comprehensively caught, named and shamed, as will all, who claim false military histories.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

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