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Surname: Anthony
Christian Names: Trevor John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Upwey-Belgrave
Service #: R64804
Service: RAN & CMF
Branch: Medical
Case Notes:

Like many ‘wannabes’, Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony managed to ingratiate himself into a number of Ex Service Organisations, (ESO’s) and wrangled his way into a number of executive roles, including membership of Victoria’s ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee, and as a Navy ANZAC Day March Marshall.

A genuine Vietnam Veteran who undertook eight trips to Vietnam as a member of the crew of HMAS Sydney between 1966 and 1971, ‘Doc’ Anthony should have been satisfied with his operational service.

However, ‘Doc’ found it necessary to embellish his service, award himself a few more medals than he was entitled to and steal the honour of an elite group of Navy Clearance Divers.

 

The irony of the photograph depicting ‘Doc’ Anthony holding a trophy from the RAN Recruit School with words "Loyalty and Integrity" cannot be missed by those who view it. It is clear that Anthony has not displayed those qualities to his ship mates, fellow Vietnam veterans and the wider veteran community.

Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Sick Berth Attendant, reaching the rank of Leading Seaman. He served onboard HMAS Sydney in that capacity undertaking eight trips to Vietnam on that ship.

 

 

The wheels started to come off for ‘Doc’ Anthony after he delivered an inspiring keynote address to the members and community of the Upwey-Belgrave RSL on Vietnam Veterans Day 2011. At that time, he was the Vice President of the HMAS Sydney Association. How thrilling it must have been to listen as Anthony described his experiences in Vietnam, not only was he a Sick Berth Attendant on HMAS Sydney, but he also found time to be attached to a US helicopter Unit, spent time with HMAS Hobart ‘on the gun line’ and somehow became a member of CDT3, (Clearance Diving Team 3).

While other members of HMAS Sydney’s crew went about the mundane duties of off loading troops and stores upon arrival in Vietnam, Anthony found himself on the front line..... or so he would have us believe.

Anthony’s speech is indeed an interesting read and can still be found on the Upwey-Belgrave RSL website. But for those who missed it, relevant sections of the speech are reproduced here:







During this interesting presentation, Anthony claimed to have served with a US Helicopter ‘Dust Off’ Unit, and spent 6 months onboard HMAS Hobart ‘on the gun line’. Both claims are completely fictitious. ‘Doc’ may have done some time in the green, but we are told, was only as a member of the Citizens Military Forces, (CMF) in the early 1960’s prior to enlisting in the Navy.

Had any of his delusions been true, there would have been a posting record made, and as we can see, this did not occur. Through clever wording in his speech, Anthony tries to make us believe he served on HMAS Hobart during a period in history of the Vietnam conflict that claimed the lives of Australian sailors. His verbosity does him no credit.

 

He further claimed to have been a Ship’s Diver and even embellished this important role by speaking of a link to his ‘fellow divers in CDT 3’. Linking himself to the Clearance Divers (CD) is the naval equivalent of the ‘wannabe’ soldier claiming service with the SAS. Navy Clearance Divers are a special group of select individuals who like the SAS work hard to gain and retain their qualifications unlike Anthony who just dreamt them.

He claims to have been a ship’s diver, but he was not. Ship’s Divers are not Clearance Divers. Sailors trained as Ships Divers undergo basic training to allow them to perform this role. The role of a Ship’s Diver is a varied one, and not to be scoffed at, but at the same time, ship’s divers will tell you that they are not trained to the same level as a member of a CD Team.

Anthony was never trained as a Ship’s Diver and most definitely did not train as a Navy Clearance Diver.

To complement his stories of extraordinary operational experience, ‘Doc’ Anthony wears a rack of medals befitting his exaggerated service.

We are still trying to identify entitlements to all of the medals being worn by Anthony. We know that he is wearing at least three ‘tin’ medals. Anthony has an entitlement to the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Vietnam Clasp)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Australian Service Medal (presumably with FESR Clasp)
Defence Long Service Medal (replaced the Defence Force Service Medal)
National Medal (Entitlement still to be confirmed)
Australian Defence medal

One of the ‘tin’ medals being worn is the Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. Next to this medal is The Far East Strategic Reserve Medal, both commemorative association medals available for purchase on the HMAS Sydney Vietnam Veterans Logistical Support Veterans Association (Victoria) website. The third ‘tin’ medal is believed to be a version of the HMAS Sydney ‘Vung Tau Ferry’ Medal issued in the early 1990’s. (www.hmassydney.com/medals.html)

 

 

Oh what a tangled web we weave - when first we practice to deceive –

Trevor "Doc" ANTHONY has been forced to resign from the Outer Eastern VVAA, the HMAS SYDNEY Logistic Support Group, and the Victorian Branch of the Naval Association have requested his resignation. ANZAC House in Melbourne have divorced him as an ANZAC Day March Marshall. No doubt the South Eastern TPI Association will give him the spear as their President, and a few other veterans groups he belongs to will issue divorce papers as well.

It appears however that ‘Doc’ Anthony does not want to go quietly. As each of the numerous bodies he has associated himself with confront him, we are told he refuses to admit any wrong doing and simply resigns.

Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony had the audacity to stand in front of genuine Vietnam Veterans, RSL Members and the general public and deliver a speech which he knew were lies, he created a persona of daring do, and he led everyone to believe that he served in areas where casualties were common place.

The fact is that the truth was the only casualty in his story and for his unwillingness to apologise to the veteran community he deserves his place on this website.

UPDATE – Trevor “Doc” ANTHONY

Well, it finally seems as if this tin wearing peacock has parted company with just about every Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) he managed to attach himself to.

Unfortunately, “Doc” didn’t go down fighting, unlike the heroic persona he created and continued to pretend to be.

To date, Anthony has tendered his resignation from the RAN Association, HMAS Sydney Association, The South Eastern TPI Association and the Outer Eastern VVAA. He was also dismissed as a ANZAC Day March Marshall.

His method of resigning was, to say the least, dramatic. On each occasion, the organisation contacted Anthony and asked that he provide evidence to support his claims of Vietnam service as outlined in our original exposure. On each occasion, Anthony vehemently threatens to fight the allegation and tells the organisation he will appear with his solicitor only to telephone his resignation through before the hearing.

The final coup d' grace was his much anticipated appearance before the Committee at the Ringwood RSL Sub Branch, his home club. Anthony contacted the Sub Branch to inform them he would appear at the appointed date and time, with his Solicitor and a Senior Victoria Police Officer to defend his ridiculous claims. As should have been expected, he contacted the Sub Branch and tendered his resignation over the phone, thereby denying the Sub Branch to opportunity to look him in the eye when dismissing him.

Trevor “Doc” Anthony could not resist the opportunity to embellish his military service. Rather than be content with his actual distinguished service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, he chose to create elements of that service which were simply lies. He added unofficial medals to his official entitlement to make himself stand out in the crowd. There is no doubt that “Doc” Anthony did some good while involved in the various ESO’s he was a member of. Notwithstanding, the mark of a man is admit wrong doing, and the ability to apologise to those who have been offended by his actions or lies. Trevor “Doc” Anthony could not do this, rather he took the easy way out by resigning from the various ESO’s without acknowledging his actions were wrong.

Trevor “Doc” Anthony has found a permanent place on our website.

Surname: Applebee
Christian Names: Raymond George
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Chewton near Castlemaine
Service #: 34813
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 12 May 47
Completion of service: 16 Aug 49
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Raymond Applebee was born on the 7 August, 1929. He enlisted in the RAN in 1947. He had two years and three months service and was discharged as an Able Seaman in August, 1949. He had no active service in that period.

Applebee is a medals cheat. He wears medals that he has not earned and tin medals that he has purchased over the internet or at Medals Shops.

He claims to have earned all the medals that he wears.

Below is an article that appeared in the Castlemaine Midland Express following Remembrance Day on the 11 November, 2013.

 

 

The above photograph is not very clear, however we have established that Applebee is wearing the following medals.

From right to left,

The Cold War Victory Medal. Tin unofficial medal puchased. No entitlement.

The Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.

RAN Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. no entitlement.

Australian Cadet Forces Medal 1999. (15 years service) no entitlement.

Cadet Forces Medal Imperial (12 years service) entitled.

Victoria Police Long Service medal. entitled.

He has advised us that he is entitled to and also wears the following two medals. As they cannot be identified on his "rack" we can only assume that they are the two medals hidden behind his coat lapel in the photograph above.

National Medal. Probably entitled. Not listed on It's an Honour, Canberra.

NSW Marine Service Rescue Medal. Commemorative medal.

Local veterans and ex servicemen have been concerned for some time that Applebee had not been officially awarded medals that he displays on his left side. They were suspicious that Applebee was not the person he made himself out to be. In the above article, Applebee claimed that he was a Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and wore the eight medals on his left side whilst giving an address at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Castlemaine.

Following the publication of the above article, locals notified us that Applebee was never a Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and queried his medals entitlement.

We then made inquiries and ascertained the true history of Applebee's Australian Naval service which is indicated above. He served for two years and was discharged as an Able Seaman. (1947 - 1949)

We then contacted Applebee and invited him to provide us with evidence regarding his claimed rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and his medal entitlements as published in the Midland Express.

He then replied inter alia that -;

Rank of LCDR -

Not having read the text content at the time, I was honestly unaware of the wording. However I did briefly see the photograph, and perhaps should have been more attentive to the content at the time of publication.

Applebee claims that he saw his photograph in the Midland Express but stated,
"I did not read the text and should have been more attentive at the time of publication."

Applebee would have been aware of his published rank in the article but did nothing to correct it. The journalist would have no other way of knowing his rank unless told or implied by Applebee.

Following our contact with him in September 2014, requesting information regarding his claimed rank in the article, he then states that he contacted the newspaper and asked them to correct the article. This was almost 12 months later and only after our contact with him. He had carried on with his false persona for that entire period.

Applebee claims he joined the Royal Australian Naval Reserves on the 13 November, 1953 as an Able Seaman and states that he left on the 26 June, 1973, almost twenty years later, still as an Able Seaman. We are unable to locate any records of his Reserve Force Service at the National Australia Archive Records. We have also requested verification from Applebee of this Reserve Force service but to date, he has not responded.

He informed us that he joined the Australian Sea Cadet Corps (ASCC) on the 30 June, 1957 as an adult trainer and resigned on the 5 February, 1981.

During this time he progressed from Petty Officer , Training, to Lieutenant and then to Lieutenant Commander (Cadets).

Applebee also claimed on his RSL application form that he had "Merchant Navy service" as well as "Naval Reserve Force service". He did not have either.

Merchant Navy service, as opposed to Merchant Marine service indicates war like service. We have confirmed that Applebee has had no Merchant Navy operational war like service and this claim is false.

Applebee further claims entitlement to the Cold War Victory medal with two clasps "Freeworld Forces and Reserve Forces". He also informed us that he has a certificate for this medal and that the number on the certificate matches the number on his medal. There is no significance in this statement at all. It all means nothing.

This is a tin medal available from medal dealers in the United Kingdom and France. The medal is advertised for 75 pounds sterling, the two clasps are 25 pounds sterling each, and if you want a worthless certificate to accompany the worthless medal and clasps, then that is advertised for a further 10 pounds sterling. So all up, the entire package would cost 165 pounds sterling to purchase from a website titled Federation Des Combattants Allies en Europe. Below is an example of the last medal on his rack.

Example of Cold War Victory medal with clasps.


He is also not entitled to the Australian Cadet Force Services medal. This medal was created in 1999 and is the successor to the British Cadets Forces Medal (Imperial) that ceased to be issued in Australia in 1974. The Australian Medal was formally established on the 15 December, 1999. The Australian Cadet Forces Service medal recognises 15 years long and distinguished service and was backdated to 1974 when the original Imperial Cadet Medal ceased to be issued.

Applebee resigned from the the Cadets in 1981. Therefore he only had 7 years service from 1974 to 1981 that would qualify him for the later issued Australian Cadet Force Services Medal, and not the 15 years required. He would know that he is not entitled to this award, yet he wears it. (Below)


He is entitled to the Cadet Forces Imperial Medal (12 years service prior to 1974). (Below)

The NSW Marine Rescue Service medal is a State commemorative medal and should be worn on the right hand side. He has added this to his rack to impress others.
Applebee is a committee member of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch. He is listed as their Chaplain.

As the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch Chaplain, he should display more honesty in himself and not wear tin medals that he has no entitlement to, and pretend to be someone that he is not. Also, as his rank is not Lieutenant Commander RAN retired, but a Sea Cadet Officer position, he has no entitlement to use that rank in public life.

During this investigation we contacted the President of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Mr Ernest Plumridge on three occasions requesting his assistance regarding Applebee's claims respecting his rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and also the questionable medals he wears. As the President , Plumridge should be aware of all military entitlements of his committee members. If he is not, then it behoves him to check. That is his job. If he is apathetic to this key responsibility of his position, then he should stand down. Plumridge declined to answer any of our requests and would probably like the matter to be swept under the carpet.

We were later contacted by the Secretary of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Bob Miller, who informed us inter alia that -;

"Regarding his medals, again we have viewed original documents and an abundance of supporting evidence relating to Mr. Applebee's claimed service in various organisations regarding his medal entitlements. We have no doubt as to the authenticity of that area.

Although being qualified in entitlement, he has recently become aware that the "Cold War Victory medal" should be classified as "non official", contrary to his former belief, and is therefore now removed from the group"

We then contacted Mr Bob Miller and invited him to provide copies of documentation that he states "left himself and the executive in no doubt as to the legitimacy of Applebee's medal entitlements", including his Reserve Force claims. A simple request.

We were particularly interested in his answer as to how Applebee was awarded the Cold War Victory Medal with two clasps, as this is a purchased tin medal.

Also, as there is no record of Applebee performing 20 years Royal Australian Navy Reserve Service or his being awarded the RANR Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, we are intrigued as to what documents must have been produced and accepted by the Secretary to satisfy the executive and himself of this service. He could not have produced a Certificate of Service, he had none!

Mr Bob Miller on behalf of the executive committee, failed to answer any of the questions we asked.

Raymond George Applebee is a medals cheat and a wannabee who should know better. He should apologise to all his fellow members at the Castlemaine RSL for his misleading and improper behaviour.

We also have on site the following Salvation Army personnel.
Anzmi.net/index Nancarrow.
Anzmi.net/index Delamores.

The Salvation Army are a marvellous organisation that support our defence personnel. Their administrators need to ensure that their individual representatives fully comply with Australian medals protocols in the same manner that other former and current servicemen/women are required to do.

Surname: Armstrong
Christian Names: Gordon William
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Curumbin
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Gordon William ARMSTRONG is the Secretary of the Currumbin Returned Services League on the Gold Coast and is another example of an Executive of an RSL Branch not setting an example in regard to the wearing of tin medals.

The RSL Branches seemed to be infested with members and committee members wearing tin medals and un-official foreign awards not accepted by the Australian Government with their official medals awarded. The RSL itself has distributed an instruction to that effect.

But committee members and especially those holding an executive position on the committee totally disregard this instruction and continue to do so even though a number have been exposed on our website.

Gordon ARMSTRONG served in the Royal Australian Navy both in the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) and carrying out escort duties accompanying the troopship HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

He did two trips on HMAS Stuart and his Vietnam service is below.

You will see that the tours are counted in days from the time the ship left port to the time it returned to port. In actual fact on the first trip HMAS Stuart dropped anchor in Vung Tau Harbour at 0700 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 30 May 1967. On the second trip, the same ship dropped anchor at 0650 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 3 February 1968. So all up he spent a total of fifteen hours and ten minutes in the Harbour of Vung Tau, not the days mentioned on his record.

At the time there were no medals awarded for service in FESR or escorting ships to Vietnam. The ex-navy members decided to make their own medals for these periods of service and they are un-official medals and referred to as TIN medals as they had to be bought. They are referred to as the FESR and VLSF Medals.

 

It was not till a number of years later that the Navy was awarded the Australian Service Medal clasp FESR and the Vietnam logistic and Support Medal for these periods of service.

The medals from left to right are;

Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Support and Logistic Medal

Australian Service Medal 45-75 clasp FESR

Australian Defence Medal

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

Vietnam Logistic Support Force Medal tin

Far East Strategic Reserve Medal tin

As ARMSTRONG has been awarded official medals, those tin medals should not be worn at all with official medals. Even if official medals had not been awarded, tin or un-official foreign awards should be on the right breast.

No doubt there will be more executives from the RSL and any other Ex Service Organisations that disregard the protocols of wearing medals as laid out by Honours and Awards will be appearing on our website, so don’t be surprised when you do.

Gordon William ARMSTRONG remove those offending medals as you are showing disrespect to fellow veterans past and from present conflicts and stop trying to make out you are a hero by wearing the tin medals. You will now grace our website and if you fail to get rid of those tin medals expect to have an update made to your case page should you continue to be disrespectful.

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.

Surname: Armstrong
Christian Names: Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

Patrick Armstrong JP.,  founder of the United Irish Ex Services Association of Australia attended the
Cenotaph ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney on ANZAC Day 2012 and gave a speech.

On the 24th October 2012,  at the same place,  he gave the Irish Peacekeeper speech in relation to
Ireland’s peace keeping operations since 1958,  at the invitation of the UN (United Nations) Association at their annual ceremony.

He is wearing one un-official medal, the Emergency Services medal commonly referred to as a Tin Medal.

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Below is the official Emergency Services Medal.

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He is also wearing three State New South Wales Corrective Services medals on his left breast. The
only medal he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Federal awarded National Medal being the
first medal from the left as you look at the photo.

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State medals are worn on the right breast as advised by the Department of Honours and Awards. You will not see any State awards listed in the “Order of Wearing Medals” published 2007.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm

This is one of the frequently asked questions on the site.

Q14.How do I wear my state awards?


A14.State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Order of
Wearing Australian Honours and Awards are worn on the left breast.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm

Unofficial medals

Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in
particular military campaigns, periods of service,  or types of service that have not been recognized
through the Australian honours system.

Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial".

There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of
the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government.

Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm#More

 

Uniformed services

 

Members of a uniformed service should wear their insignia on their uniform in accordance with the dress regulations of the particular service.

NOTE: It states uniform not civilian dress

 

 

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

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will
have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Ashcroft
Christian Names: Cristine aka Crissy
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Austrialian Army
Branch: Pay Corps
Commencement of service: 1998
Completion of service: 2016
Case Notes:

Cristine or Crissy Ashcroft was born on the 12 July, 1966. Ashcroft had three years Australian Army Reserve service from 1998 to 2001, when she then discharged. She again enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves in November, 2004, and was eventually posted to the RAAPC .

Ashcroft subsequently transferred to continuous full time duty with the Australian Army in the RAAPC in 2008, and subsequently to the Australian Regular Army in 2010.

In late 2009, Ashcroft was deployed to Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) Afghanistan, as a member of the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps, (RAAPC) attached to 1 Commando Regiment, Operation Slipper. Her position was Finance Clerk, Corporal RAAPC, a sedentary role. She was based at Camp Russell.


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Ashcroft's duties consisted of financial and clerical administration. By all reports, her allotted duties in that role in Afghanistan were satisfactory. Her deployment was for six months and Ashcroft returned home in mid 2010.

During the entire time on Afghanistan deployment, Ashcroft left the Camp Russell SOTG base on one occasion and travelled by helicopter to a village with her Commanding Officer. They attended a Shura meeting with Afghanistan locals.

The village had previously been secured by members of 1 Commando Regiment and was considered safe.

During the three hours that Ashcroft and her Commanding Officer were absent from the base and attending the meeting, nothing of a controversial or war like nature occurred. The village was defended by armoured vehicles and at least 200 Afghanistan National Army Soldiers (ANA). Following the uneventful meeting, they returned by helicopter to the SOTG base.

Ashcroft's deployment to Afghanistan concluded in June, 2010 and she returned to Australia as a member of the RAAPC. She continued her Army service in the RAAPC until October 2016. Ashcroft sustained no physical injuries in Afghanistan.

In 2016, well after Ashcroft’s return to Australia, she medically discharged from the Australian Army, due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which related to a subsequent post Afghanistan personal family incident that occurred in Australia.

Her entire Afghanistan operational deployment was uneventful. During the deployment Ashcroft only left the SOTG base on the one occasion mentioned.

Since Ashcroft’s return to Australia, a number of events have occurred that have given rise to a public perception that Ashcroft was an operational soldier fighting with “Australian Commando Special Forces”. In addition, that Ashcroft was “the first Australian female soldier to fight outside the wire”.

From the 4th to 12th May, 2016, Ashcroft attended the Invictus Games, Orlando, USA, where she competed in swimming and weightlifting as an Australian “wounded warrior.”

On the 15 May, 2016, whilst still a serving soldier, Ashcroft appeared in Army uniform on Australian television in a program called “The Voice,” where she gave details about her Afghanistan service, stating to one of the judges that “I still see things that I can’t unsee and they will be with me forever. I want my war to be over.”

Excerpt from The Voice write up International Business Times – The Voice by Arlene Paredes. 16 May, 2016. (Source IBT)

Crissy Ashcroft, 49 (as of 2017), is a war veteran who served actively for 13 years. She suffered serious injuries in her last duty, rendering her unable to continue working in the military. She got emotional while looking back to her time in Afghanistan. Despite being diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Crissy is looking forward with optimism. Her war is over, she said. And she’s on “The Voice” to inspire former military personnel to pursue other things in case their service has ended, too.

Excerpt from 2017 MTV Awards, titled “HAS THE VOICE FOUND THE AUSSIE SUSAN BOYLE? (Source MTV Awards publication.)
Nick Bond.


SUNDAY’S episode of The Voice delivered one of the most emotional moments of the season when 49-year-old war veteran and aspiring performer Crissy Ashcroft took to the stage.

For Ashcroft, who has spent 13 years in the army and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, the aftershocks of life in a war zone meant even making it to her audition was a battle.
“This morning, getting myself here to this stage has been a really hard road. So many times I said, ‘I can’t do this’,” she admitted. Fighting back tears, Ashcroft revealed that when she deployed to Afghanistan, she “saw things I can’t unsee, and they’ll be with me forever.”
Returning home, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I have triggers — If I see a car backfire, I’ll just hit the deck, which looks kind of strange in the middle of Sydney.”

Excerpt from the Daily Mail Australia 20 May, 2016, by Megan Pustetto.

War veteran Chrissy Ashcroft, who delivered a powerful rendition of Cold Chisel's When The War is Over on Sunday, has told more about her on-going fight with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
The rosy-cheeked singer, who developed the anxiety disorder after witnessing harrowing scenes while deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, told WHO magazine: 'Every day for me to get out of the house is a battle.'
• The 49-year-old went on to explain that simple tasks like leaving the home and getting dressed every day she 'can't do any more.'

• What she witnessed during her time as a soldier, she says, left scarred and triggered the mental disorder typically involving disturbed sleep and constant vivid recall of an often traumatic experience.
She told the publication the crippling attacks were a 'bit like alcohol.' (Source Daily Mail Australia.)

Perhaps, one of the most compelling descriptions of her Afghanistan service was in a document titled – “WHEN THE WAR IS OVER.” -
the literary content attributed to a close friend, Ms. Kay Danes, whose name appears at the foot of the document. The article was posted on the Penrith (Sydney) Returned and Services League of Australia (R&SL) Website.


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Ashcroft was also appointed an Ambassador for the Womens Veterans Network Australia (WVNA). Her personal profile appears below –

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On her return from the 2016 Orlando Invictus Games, Ashcroft was also appointed the Australian Ambassador for the October, 2018 Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia.

She also receives payment from Claxton Speakers International, who manage public speaking engagements for their listed personnel. Her profile appears below -


CLAXTON SPEAKERS INTERNATIONAL.

Cris Ashcroft is a former Australian Special Forces support soldier, and the first female frontline soldier to fight 'outside the wire' in Afghanistan. Her careers in international sports, and as an Australian Federal Police officer and most recently part of the Australian Invictus Games team and a performer on "The Voice" have brought her in touch with such a range of experiences and people, she can't easily be categorised.

Her defining career is as an, elite Special Forces support soldier, which took its toll with traumatic experiences leading to physical injuries and Chronic PTSD - which is the enemy she fights today. As an athlete, a singer a soldier and a survivor, Cris tells the story of a girl growing up who didn't fit in, but allowed her goals to drive her forward and obstacles out of the way.

She takes audiences to the terrifying frontline of enemy engagement in Afghanistan, with raw honesty and authenticity, and brings them home again to deal with the aftermath, in a positive and inspiring way. Cris's successful appearances on "The Voice" where she sang "When the War is Over", and her selection and participation at the Invictus Games, brought her to international recognition as a respected and decorated soldier with a voice that must be heard. Cris speaks with passion and integrity, and also with dry, irreverent Aussie sense of humour. She enlightens and inspires, bringing hope to everyone who faces challenges in their lives.


We contacted a Claxton Speakers International representative, who informed ANZMI that Ashcroft’s fee to speak at a public or private gathering on the nominated topic is $7,000 Australian dollars plus GST.

Following the above media publications and comments attributed to Ashcroft, ANZMI received numerous communications from former Australian Army personnel, who have stated that Ashcroft’s claims are lies and have been invented to promote her 2018 Invictus Games Ambassador profile, an upcoming vocalist recording contract, and as a prospective author of book offers.

We then requested and received sworn statutory declarations and statements from former Australian Army 1Commando Regiment personnel, and others, who know Ashcroft, and have refuted her claims of “being the first female Australian soldier to fight outside the wire.” and of being blown up in a Bushmaster vehicle.

The Statutory Declarations and statements from these former personnel, state that , inter alia-,

Witness 1. (Served on same deployment as Cristine Ashcroft in Afghanistan.)

* Christine Ashcroft was employed throughout the rotation as a pay clerk and never deployed with any of the commando field elements (FE) or Teams. She was never in the front line, never came under fire, never came face to face with the enemy, never was employed to question or search females in compounds and has no right to be making the false claims she is, in regards to her service in Afghanistan.

* Christine Ashcroft never suffered any injuries as a member of the Australian Defence Force, all of her recorded injuries are as a result of her participation in sport all of which occurred prior to her enlistment.

* Nothing untoward happened in the pay office or anywhere within Camp Russell where she was stationed.

* On one occasion Ashcroft and the Commanding Officer SOTG left Camp Russell and flew by helicopter to a meeting with locals in a 100% secure location. They remained at this meeting for approximately 3 hours and returned by helicopter to Camp Russell. During this entire time, there was no enemy action. The location of the meeting was secured by a commando company with armoured vehicles and up to 200 ANA soldiers. Once again, I reiterate, there was no enemy action, no shooting, no bombing, no fighting of any kind all very peaceful and quiet.

* Whilst in Afghanistan Ashcroft never made any comments or claims that she was injured, unwell or not coping with the deployment.

* Christine Ashcroft has and still is falsely representing Australia and The Invictus Games as a wounded warrior and is continuing to gain financially as a result of her false claims and deceitful lies regarding her service.

Witness 2.

She (Ashcroft) has stated the following to me-;

* She claimed to have delivered a teenage Afghan’s stillborn baby.
* She claimed to have conducted patrols with 1CDO “outside the wire” and was involved in gun fights. (She told me this on numerous occasions)
* She claimed that she was in a Bushmaster that was hit by an IED (Improvised explosive device), where she sustained hearing issues eye and shoulder issues.
* She claimed that she interrogated women over there.
* On her Face book Page, Crissy Ashcroft, she has photos of her in Afghanistan. One photo that she was in the hills of Afghanistan. *
* The photo was taken at the range.


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Witness 3.

* At the 2017 World Championship Para Lifting she walked onto the stage with one crutch. She was asked why all of a sudden she needed crutches. She stated, “I need the crutches because I am extremely unbalanced because of my hearing. I was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan where a plate of the Bushmaster was blown off and hit me”. She then got on the weightlifting bench, did her minimal 60 kg lift then proceeded off stage with the crutch in her other arm. “This totally confused us, as she states clearly she has shoulder injuries. Now the Para Games for weightlifting was completely filmed and is on You Tube.”

* She later informed us that doing the show “The Voice”; it was a tough decision which judge to choose. She stated that she is getting a recording contract and has begun writing songs for her album.

Witnesses 4 and 5. (Both served on same deployment as Cristine Ashcroft in Afghanistan.)

* She never went on any field trips (in Afghanistan) like she claims.

* Crissy most definitely and I REITERATE STRONGLY, Crissy Ashcroft NEVER NEVER went anywhere near a front line, she NEVER EVER came under any enemy fire and CERTAINLY NEVER EVER come face to face with any enemy under fire.

* Crissy didn’t fight outside the wire so the claim she was the first female to fight outside the wire is incorrect and puts to shame the actual female that was.

* She was never ordered to question any female detainee.

* The photos of her holding a weapon are at the weapons firing range.

* Her injuries were sustained outside of the military within her sports of triathlons. She had a shoulder reconstruction prior to her joining up regular army.

* She was certainly not with any Commandos, and I have spoken to all of them, where anything that would have caused PTSD from being under threat or fire.

* No one has heard of any Bushmaster being blown up whilst she was present in it.

* Not one person I have spoken with believes or can confirm she delivered any baby.


Following receipt of the above statutory declarations and statements, and in fairness to Cristine Ashcroft, ANZMI sent Ashcroft an email detailing the allegations made against her by former experienced 1CDO Regiment members, who served in Afghanistan at the identical time, and invited Ashcroft to respond if she wished.

Her response was that all her claims are true and that all the allegations (made about her) are false in their entirety. She then indicated that she would “brief” the State and Federal Police “who will practice due diligence in ascertaining the true online identities of (ANZMI) and those who have also participated in this crime.”
“I further advise you that the allegations contained in your email are defamatory, and cause significant damage to my well-earned reputation.
You will be contacted by my legal team in relation to this in due course.”
Chris Ashcroft.

We invited Ashcroft to complete a statutory declaration refuting the allegations made by her former Army colleagues. Also if she would like to provide the names of witnesses who can verify her claims. We have not had a reply from Ashcroft.

Threats of legal action against ANZMI are a common defence mechanism relied upon by persons who have had their military service questioned. We are not concerned by those threats and only seek to have the truth exposed in the public arena regarding Ashcroft’s claims. They need to be clarified for all concerned.

The criterion for the Invictus Games is below -;

Competing in the 2017 Invictus Games

What are the requirements for competing in the Invictus Games?

To be eligible to compete in the Invictus Games, you must be an active service member or veteran from one of the participating nations, who has been wounded, ill or injured during, or as a direct result of, your service.

So someone didn't review Ashcroft's service before signing off on her eligbility to participate in the Invictus Games!


It is important for all genuine Australian Invictus Games competitors that selection and/or representation as an Ambassador for those games is a rigorous process, where all candidates meet the necessary requirements honestly and with integrity.

We have notified the Invictus Games officials, the WVNA, and Claxton Speakers International, regarding our research.

The Invictus Games, Sydney, are 17 months away and this matter needs close scrutiny. It is a significant event with anticipated world wide media coverage. There is a great deal of credibility at stake here for the Australian Invictus Games organisers, and importantly, Cristine Ashcroft.

There needs to be an investigation and they need to get it right.

An update will be provided on this site in the near future.

Surname: Astridge
Christian Names: Peter
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gladesville
Service: Army (Citizens Military Forces)
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1957
Case Notes:

 

Peter Astridge is the Secretary/Vice President of the Gladesville Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch.

 

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Notice that Astridge wears relatives medals on his right breast, a red sash over his left shoulder, a Commando Beret and Badge, and two medals on his left breast. Sometimes he wears the red sash on his right shoulder.

 

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Astridge spent some time as a part time soldier in the Citizens Military Forces and served with Commandos, for which he may have been awarded an Australian Defence Medal (ADM) and the Commando Beret and Badge. The second medal on his left breast is a New South Wales unofficial State Emergency Services Medal and should not be worn at all. The "Tin" medal and the red sash are just "bling", perhaps to enhance the perception of his military service.

 

Traditionally, a red sash is worn in the Australian Army by serving Royal Australian Infantry Corps Sergeants and Warrant Officers on ceremonial parades. It was a tradition adopted from the British Army where the sash and its colour derived from it being used to drag wounded soldiers out of the battle line and to the rear, when fighting was at close quarters..

 

An RSL executive has no duties that may require the application of the red sash.

 

We suggest to Astridge that he gets rid of the sash, and the medal.

 

RSLs' are places where Veterans and the members remember the sacrifices of those who have served in the Australian Defence Force. It is not a place where people like Astridge can don fancy dress to massage their ego and their public persona.

 

Welcome to the website Peter Astridge.

 

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