Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'
Major Sir Andrew Bass is an ex patriot Australian who resides in the Lone Star State of Texas, in the United States of America.
His use of the rank Major, is as fictitious as his Knighthood, although he publicly advertises both on social media. He is often seen at functions wearing Australian Military uniforms. Here is an example:
Notice how "Daggy" he looks in the uniform. It is hardly the way an ex Australian Major would want to present an Australian uniform.
Here is where Bass makes his claims in writing:
The above can be found on this web site:
TXARNG is an acronym for Texas Army National Guard, where it appears Bass served as a Private Soldier during 2003 and 2005. He clearly states that he was a Major in the Australian Army.
A thorough search of Australian National Archives failed to find any information about a person named Andrew Bass as ever serving in the Australian Defence Force.
Bass also insults the people of Texas by using the Title "Sir Andrew" inferring that he has been dubbed as a Knight of the Realm of the British Empire. This act makes Australians cringe at his audacity. When we asked Bass about his Knighthood he answered as follows;
"From: Andrew Bass
I hold the title of Sir Andrew because I hold the rank of Knight's Bachelor with the order of Saint John the Hospitaller, Knight of Malta (USA Division). I was invited to join the Order in 2004."
The Knights of Saint John the Hospitaller, Knight of Malta (USA Division) have no authority to dub any person with a Knighthood except perhaps in the confines of their "Club" when they are playing dress ups. Publicly using the title of "Sir" as a result of such a "Knighthood" is the epitome of audacious and dishonest representation.
Despite requesting information from him about his Australian Army Service as a commissioned officer on three occasions, Bass failed to respond. The reason for this is that he was never a Major in the Australian Army, and we doubt that he has had any service at all in Australia,
We direct Bass to stop insulting Australian and New Zealand Veterans by pretending to be something he is not. We are pleased to note that people from Texas were easily able to detect and report his deceit.
We are pleased to advise that Major Sir Andrew Bass has left the building, and now we welcome plain old Private Mr Andrew Bass, formerly of the TXARNG to our web site
- South Island
Geoff Bateman of Invercargill, New Zealand lied about his military history and gets his comeuppance from irate local Veterans.
This case has been comprehensively explained in the following newspaper article.
Bateman is a “shifty” individual who like many we have on our web site has lied to everyone including the ones they love about their military history. With the help of Veterans all over Australia and New Zealand, ANZMI keeps on slogging along weeding out liars, frauds and wannabes from the Veteran community
Welcome to our web site Geoff Bateman of Invercargill NZ
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.
Many services were conducted throughout Australia and New Zealand this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, a significant conflict in Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
The picture below was taken at such a service, conducted in the small Hunter Valley town of Medowie. Arthur Batt, a local Vietnam veteran is reading a poem during that service.
Batt was a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
In early 1965, the Australian Government agreed to dispatch an infantry battalion to South Vietnam. The leading troops of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), landed on 3 June in a chartered Qantas aircraft. This was the first use of Qantas charters to move troops into (and out of) South Vietnam, and ‘skippy flights’, as they came to be known, would continue at regular intervals almost until the end of Australia’s commitment to the war. Another significant event occurred on 8 June, when the transport ship (converted aircraft carrier) HMAS Sydney, with destroyer escort HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Duchess, arrived at Vung Tau on the first of what became regular naval logistical support operations.
1RAR, the only infantry battalion deployed to Vietnam that was comprised wholly of regular troops, was deployed in Bien Hoa with the US 173rd Airborne Brigade. It was soon built up to a battalion group with artillery, armoured personnel carriers, army aviation and logistical support units. The battalion group saw some heavy fighting, suffering twenty-three men killed during its one-year tour of duty.
For their involvement, they were awarded the US Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, the citation reads:
By the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to the 1st BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT GROUP for exceptionally meritorious achievement in the performance of outstanding service:
The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, distinguished itself in the conduct of military operation in the Republic of Vietnam from 5 May 1965 to 16 May 1966 while attached to the173rd Airborne Brigade(Separate) of the United States Army. As the first ground combat unit in-country, the 173rd Airborne Brigade and its assigned and attached units conducted extensive combat manoeuvres in the Bien Hoa area and in the Viet Cong strongholds of War Zone D and the Iron Triangle during the period 5 May 1965 to 4 May 1967. In every confrontation with the stubborn insurgents, the 173rd Airborne Brigade displayed marked aggressiveness which enabled them to neutralize enemy strongholds and capture thousands of logistical items. In addition to remarkable skill and tenacity in combat, the sky soldiers of the brigade carried on an extensive civic action program characterised by sincere compassion for the suppressed local populace. During each of the brigade's combat operations, the sky soldiers immeasurably aided the allied counterinsurgency effort by winning the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. The remarkable proficiency and devotion to duty displayed by the members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon themselves, the Armed Forces of the United States, and the Armed Forces of Australian and New Zealand.
The Unit Citation, as shown below, can be worn with pride by those members of 1RAR.
1RAR was relieved by the First Australian Task Force (1ATF) during May-June 1966. It returned to Australia in June.
After the Medowie memorial service, Batt was photographed and appeared in an online media publication, “News of The Area”. For those of you who have read this article, it refers to Batt having been involved in the Battle of Long Tan, this has been identified as an error on behalf of the reporter, the fact being Batt left Vietnam before this event. This is supported by the below extract from the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll, which is available in the public domain.
In the previous photograph, Batt is wearing the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).
The RVCM was issued by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for service in the prescribed area of operations in Vietnam during the period commencing on 31 July 1962 and ending on 28 March 1973 for Australian personnel.
The Australian Government authorised this medal to be awarded to Australian servicemen and women and, like any award, there is a qualifying criteria.
The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:
- killed on active service (KIA);
- wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
- captured and later released or escaped.
Medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.
Accordingly, for Batt, the evidence is in, namely:
- He returned to Australia, along with his Unit, from Vietnam on 01 Jul 1966;
- He served a total of 173 days in Vietnam; and
- He was not a casualty of that conflict.
In summary, Batt is not entitled to wear the RVCM. Surely, like all others who have served in the defence forces, Batt understands there are rules and regulations, they are there for a reason and they are ‘black and white’.
To conduct yourself with such disrespect to fellow Veterans, aggravated by the fact you did it on such an occasion, namely the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, is quite disgraceful and has earned you a place on ANZMI with your fellow fraudsters and honour thieves.
John Bauerle is the President of the Albury - Wodonga Branch of the National Serviceman's Association. (NSA). He has been the President of that organisation for 17 years. He commenced compulsory 3 months National Service training at Puckapunyal Recruit Training Camp in Victoria in May 1958. He was attached to an Armoured Unit there for his remaining service.
In the photograph sent to us below, Bauerle is wearing three medal ribands for his three months service at Puckapunyal.
The first riband from the left is,
An unofficial tin medal riband that denotes National Service. Purchased.
The Second riband from the left is,
The Conscripts Service Medal riband. This is also an unofficial self purchased tin medal riband.
The third from the left is the -;
A Citizens Military Forces/Australian Reserve Forces Medal riband. This is also an unofficial self purchased tin medal riband.
Bauerle has been a President of an Ex Service Organisation for 17 years. He has set a bad example for all the National Service members in his Albury- Wodonga Branch and also the entire Australia National Servicemen's Association.
Since this photograph was taken, he has probably applied for his correct entitlement to the Australian Defence Force Medal and the genuine Anniversary of National Service Medal.
However, by his wearing of unofficial tin purchased ribands, he implied to all those in his organisation that it is acceptable to wear what you like.
Leading by example in regards to medals protocols should be one of his prime responsibilities. He is a medals cheat who lacks respect for the men and women who have genuinely been awarded military medals for their honourable service.
Particularly those who have served in operational areas on active service.
If you were sent to Vietnam for a 12 month deployment, you came home with two ribands. A serviceman/woman would be required to serve six months or more in country or Vietnam waters to be awarded the two medal/ribands. Bauerle had three months at Puckapunyal, Victoria, and in the photograph wears three medal ribands.
If you have the compulsion to wear tin purchased medal ribands, they should be worn on the right.
Bauerle should stand down from his current position for his disrespect and lack of leadership.
The National Servicemen's Association, Head Office, Sydney, recently introduced the position of a Protocols Officer within their organisation to prevent medal cheats and imposters denigrating their Association.
This followed numerous complaints received regarding former National Servicemen glorifying their medals entitlement over many years by adding non awarded medals and ribands to their rack. It was becoming a problem.
From the reports we are receiving at Anzmi, and soon to be published, it appears that it is still a problem, and the Protocol Officer has a long way to go to instill some integrity into the National Servicemen's Association in regards to medals protocols.
We are not at odds with any ex service organisation that contributes to the welfare of its members. We support the great work they do. This includes the Returned and Services League of Australia,(RSL) NSA. VVFA, VVAA, APPVA, Salvation Army, Naval Associations or any other body.
However, we do have problems with individuals within those bodies who bring their organisations into disrepute by not adhering to the Governor General's medals protocols.
Whilst medal cheats and imposters are out there, we will expose them.
There is no else!
Graeme Maurice Bayley
Thanks to the press and a 4 RAR veteran, another Ex-Service Organisation "Executive" has been exposed. It was not enough that this man served as a genuine veteran, he felt a need to wear more than his legal entitlement regarding war service medals and to lie about how long he spent in Vietnam. May he reap the recognition he deserves.
Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance - August the 18th 2001, guest speaker - Graeme BAYLEY voiced to all in attendance: " It is time for Vietnam veterans to move on, the past is the past. There is no point dwelling on it"
BAYLEY was a senior member of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) and the several hundred Vietnam Veterans in attendance heard his advice echo around the pillars of the most sacred edifice in Victoria - after all - he was an invited guest speaker, and why would anyone doubt his credentials?
"on the front line within 5 months"
"serving 9 months with the 4th Royal Australian Regiment"
"He found fitting back into life at home was easier for him than others"
Updated 27 Aug 06
GRAEME BAYLEY wrote...."Would you please consider removing me from the cases file" Our answer is yes, we will, but only if a majority of Veterans agree that we should.
BAYLEY sent the following email as a reply to correspondence from us. In it, he offers information on how he came to be in possession of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and offers an apology.
He was asked to reply before 6 July 06 but his first email reply of 30 June was not addressed correctly and obviously wasn't received by us. Further emails, one with the same apology and an admission as to "the error of his ways", were sent to the correct address after his story was published on 15 August 06. We contacted him to make sure we had copies of every email he sent to either correct or incorrect email addresses.
We find it very difficult to believe that a person who has been involved with ex-service organisations as long as he has would be unaware of the requirements and protocols surrounding this award.
"Given to me by a regular Army mate" The Australian Government didn't give him one but his mate did so he feels he can legally wear it. What a bloody ridiculous statement.
He was "the Secretary of the Melbourne Sub Branch of the VVAA for about 8 years" and apparently not once in that time did he become aware of the requirements for the award nor the protocols.
"Because I took no notice of protocol, or learning what was right or wrong with medals I now apologize............"
Pull the other one Mr BAYLEY.
He also said that he has no idea where the statement about him being on the "frontline" 5 months after his call up date came from. It was published in the newspaper, he would have read it and anyone else who read it would reasonably believe it came from him, if it was an incorrect quote he'll have to take it up with the editor and have a retraction published.
Nowhere in his emails does he fully address this statement from the news article "serving 9 months with the 4th Royal Australian Regiment"
The answer to this is, in our experience we've found that lies about war service became very difficult to explain after the first nominal roll was published in 1996, wannabes were caught in a trap of their own making and had to carry on with their charades. They're sometimes executives within ex-service organisations, as BAYLEY was or still is, and more often than not they resort to threats of litigation against anyone who questions them.
With regard to his ,now admitted, very short tour, he did tell us that he asked a 4RAR Company Clerk where he would be posted to next as the Battalion was leaving Vietnam, he was informed that it was Battalion policy to take married veterans home at the completion of the tour and therefore he had no choice in the matter.
We looked into this supposed 4RAR policy and can find nothing to support his claim. This explanation is more than highly unlikely and we stand by our version of events which is that he opted out of the war while others fought on.
This is from another email and should be taken into account when considering this person's apology.
"I am a genuine man who is proud of my service, albeit short, in Vietnam with 4RAR.I am now aware of the error of my ways in wearing the Vietnam medal, however it was not worn with any intention to deceive, but to be a constant reminder of an event that took place between me and a very close colleague in a contact with the enemy"
The issues here are:
1...For many years, possibly 19 years, BAYLEY wore the Vietnamese Campaign Medal while never having served the required 6 months in Vietnam to be recognised by the Australian Government for the award. An offence punishable by law.
2...By wearing this medal and by allegedly making false statements to the press, he enhanced his war service in the eyes of others by claiming to have been fully trained and "on the frontline within 5 months" and also by extending his 3 months in a fighting unit to 9 months.
His apology is made to any member of the veteran community who is genuinely upset by his behaviour.
Any Veteran of any conflict who wishes to personally accept or reject his apology should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide your correct name and where served as only replies from genuine Veterans will be taken into account, if you had your name removed from any nominal roll, your reply will be ignored, sorry. Your city or town should be noted as well, thank you.
Replies from ex-service organisations will count as one reply. Personal details will not be published, your anonymity is assured.
If you can still read this on or after 1 October 06, you'll know the result of our poll.
Dated 30 June 2006 but incorrectly addressed, re-sent by BAYLEY and finally received at ANZMI ON 22 August 2006.
In response to your letter received today I put the following to you for consideration.
I heard about this complaint about a month ago and was waiting for the people involved to to approach me about it, as I would have expected fellow VV's to do, however, as usual they have opted to take the cowards way out.
I know the original problem was started by a group of people involved with the Goulburn Valley Veterans Service Office.
I would be very surprised if the complaint originated from the 4RAR Association as I am not a financial member, and cannot remember ever being one and also I hace attended Charlie Company reunions since 1987 and my medals have never been an issue.
I would like to give you some of my history before I go into the wearing of the medal in question.
I have never been an executive member of the GVVVA, however I was it's welfare officer and pension officer for some time.
I was in fact the Secretary of the Melbourne Sub Branch of the VVAA for about 8 years before moving to Shepparton. Again, medals were never an issue there.
I am extremely disappointed in this matter as I have prided myself on the work I have done in the area of welfare and pensions for veterans. I have worked tirelessly for their benefit and have had a lot of success in both the pension and welfare areas both here and in Melbourne and it hurts me to think that fellow vets don't have the courage to face me, but prefer to take this course of action. It hurts even more that they have chosen to hide behind the 4RAR Association's banner.
I had, until a month ago never given much thought to my medals and the dates stated in your letter are correct and therefore I am not entitled to wear the Vietnam one.
I can remember this medal being given to me by a regular army mate who was in my section. He also gave me a miniature of the same medal. I put these medals, plus the original one in a draw and did not see them again until the Sydney welcome home in 1987.
With the passing of time and concentrating on other work in the veteran community, the wearing of medals did not rate highly with me.Obviously, I was wrong.
Because I took no notice of protocol, or learning what was right or wrong with medals I now apologize unreservedly to any member of the veteran community who is genuinely upset by my behavior.
In closing, I congratulate you on the work you do and assure you that I never intended to deceive anybody.
I trust this explanation is satisfactory.
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
Christopher John Charles Bayliss - of Bilambil Heights, New South Wales - Liar, cheat, and fraud
According to Christopher Bayliss, he wears Vietnam Medals because he almost went to Vietnam with 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, (2RAR) but, just as they were going to board HMAS Sydney the then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam cancelled their journey.
Above we see Bayliss in full ANZAC Day mode with a beer and a cigarette at the local Returned Services League (RSL) Club. Bayliss has been playing out his fantasies since well before 1985. See below, him marching on ANZAC Day 1985.
On the basis of information received, and a cursory check of historic documents we decided to open a case file to establish his true military history by requesting a Defence Service File. To our surprise, he has none. Here is what archival authorities had to say about the matter:
Thank you for your enquiry regarding Christopher George BAYLISS.
Post World War II Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO), Department of Defence. They have advised us that they were unable to locate a record for this individual based on the following information:
Name: Christopher George BAYLISS
An ANZMI investigator phoned Bayliss and requested information about his service, and the mystery of not having a Service File, Bayliss was eager to relate his very exciting story. He said.
“After he served he was visited by “Army Officials” and told that his file has been confiscated to stop him talking about his Intelligence Corps brother who served before he did. The “Army Officials” told him that if he divulged any information they would interfere in his life and stop his Social Security payments. The reason behind the threat, was that his brother had committed suicide by shooting himself with a “Sten” gun during a mysterious Intelligence Corps “Code of Conduct” course at Canungra Queensland and that he was banned from ever speaking about it”
It is strange that he didn't hesitate to speak to the investigator about it?
The investigator told Bayliss that in the Australian Army “Sten” guns were rare and he said. “Well his brother had one”
Any man with the audacity to spin such a stupid yarn deserves his story to be told on our web site
Bayliss is a long term offender, who has told many people that he served in the Royal Australian Army medical Corps in Vietnam, and we hold a Statutory Declaration from a first hand witness.
During his ridiculous story to the ANZMI Investigator about the removal of his Service File, he said that “he didn’t actually go to Vietnam he was ready to board ship but the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam cancelled his trip”.
Bayliss was asked, "Where did the medals come from"? His response “They arrived in the mail”.
Bayliss has been known for more than Twenty Eight years to be falsely claiming to be a Returned Vietnam Veteran and wearing medals he did not earn. He is a devious lying, cheating wannabe who deserves to be expelled from the presence of genuine veterans.
It is difficult to understand how this less than erudite man has fooled so many people for so long. In fact, a person helping us with our enquiries has suffered castigation from other veterans for suggesting that Bayliss is a liar and a wannabe.
We urge those who require assistance to establish the bona fides of any person suspected of being a wannabe to contact us and we will sort it out quickly and quietly.
Bayliss is now comprehensively exposed and we trust that those who have aided and abetted him over the years are thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
Previous to this entry a few people from the Gold Coast region of Australia suspected Bayliss of being a fraud, now, by this exposure the whole world know that Bayliss is a low down liar, medals cheat and wannabe who has committed crimes by falsely claiming to be a returned veteran
At the appropriate time we alerted the media and the State Police to Bayliss’s behaviour, the Media have acted decisively (see report below) and we believe that State Police are gathering evidence to place Bayliss before a Magistrate. Below is a front page article from the Gold Coast Bulletin dated 20th June 2013.
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.