Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'
Not surprisingly, in most of these fraudulent histories the wannabe recreates himself as a Special Forces soldier or a member of an elite unit, creates deployments that he never went on, and gives himself qualifications he never earned.
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.
Blayne Murray BAYLISS "PhD".Previously known as Blayne PEARCEY and was born Blayne JAMES now of the leafy suburb of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) under the name of Blayne PEARCEY.
Pearcey desired fifteen minutes of fame and sought it through a media release which is farcical. Instead of fifteen minutes of fame as a "Super Spy", he has found, a lifetime of infamy on this website.
Here is the truth of Pearcey's service, the information was derived from his 171 page RAAF File.
Joined RAAF 11 July 1961 aged 18 years
Worked as Trainee Clerk and Administrative Clerk until 3 Dec 1964
January 1964,commenced Chinese Mandarin Languages course at RAAF
January 1964, promoted to Acting Sergeant
Promoted to Substantive Sergeant 4 Dec 1965
Applied for Commission. Application rejected 1October 1965
Posted to Hong Kong 22 Feb 1966
Returned from Hong Kong for disciplinary reasons 28 March 1967
March 1967 posted to Department of Air Linguists Pool, at School of Language Laverton.
Posted to Department of Defence as Linguist Melbourne 7 Feb 1968
Discharged from RAAF at own Request 24 March 1969
Bayliss has played childish games causing Politicians, Defence bureaucracy, and Department of Veterans Affairs to waste time in searching for information that he well knows, does not, and never has existed. Genuine applicants for Veterans entitlements have been made to wait while Bayliss plays out his fantasies.
We phoned Bayliss and he iterated what was said in the media release. In addition, he said that he was secretly working with the United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other secret agencies, as well as spending time posted to the secret intelligence establishment at Pine Gap in Australia. He further said that all information about his secret work had been deliberately omitted from his RAAF Service File. Bayliss also disclosed that he worked at an Australian Intelligence establishment, where he would go to work in the morning and could be sent on "secret missions" at the drop of a hat, like the jaunt in the US Submarine in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Bayliss went on to say that some years ago he had to disclose his "secret service" because his medications for his "war caused" illnesses were costing him more than $100 dollars a month and he was hoping that his disclosure would influence the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to provide him with benefits. Bayliss soon learned that DVA do not give benefits to false claimants
Notice in the media release, that Bayliss has influenced his local Federal Member of Parliament to make enquiries on his behalf to get his "phantom" service recognised. He also said that a prominent Senator had on another occasion investigated his case with negative results (No surprise there). Bayliss is making claims in an attempt to falsely gain benefits, and is costing Tax payers money by wasting DVA time, and the time of busy Politicians.
His file is complete and accounts for his time during the 1960s when he claims to have; "Spent much of the 1960s near enemy lines decoding messages for the US Armed Forces in the Malayan Emergency and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident"
The US were not involved in the Malayan Emergency and in any case it ended in 1960 before Bayliss joined the RAAF.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred on the 4 August 1964 at that time Bayliss was at the RAAF School of Languages, Laverton learning Chinese Mandarin
Bayliss also claims a Doctorate in Information Technology (IT) and uses the Post Nominal PhD. We are reliably advised that he has noted "PhD" on his RSL membership form. He told our investigator that he was awarded the Doctorate by the Bridgewater University, located in the United States.
There are two Bridgewater Universities in the United States one is in Massachusetts and the other in Virginia. We have contacted both establishments and neither have any record of a person named Bayliss or Pearcey ever earning a Doctorate.
Bayliss was again asked about his PhD and he said "Oh sorry. I meant Bridgewater in London" In fact he does not have a PhD, that, like his secret jaunts is no more than scurrilous deception.
He was involved in Intelligence work but only as a Linguist in an office, he was never a "James Bond" as he would have you believe. It could well be argued that his lies about his RAAF Service fall into the criminal category of "Deception to gain benefit".
Bayliss appears to be a respectable elderly gentlemen, however beneath the facade there is a calculating liar, fraud and wannabe.
People do not become "crooks" overnight and Bayliss is likely to have been falsely representing himself in one way or another all his life. We don't know what happened in Hong Kong that caused his immediate return to Australia but we are not surprised.
Bayliss holds the senior position of Treasurer at the Camberwell, Melbourne Returned and Services League (RSL) . Allowing such a person to hold that position of responsibility and trust after this exposure, would be an act of negligence by the Executive Committee of the Camberwell RSL
Australian and New Zealand veterans will not allow liars and fools like Bayliss to extol false claims of heroic service and at the same time disparage the ability of Defence to keep proper records of service.
Bayliss has used the valuable time of hard working politicians in an endeavour to falsely gain benefit. We do not have the naivety of politicians and we condemn Bayliss for his calculated, dishonesty.
He well deserves this place on our web site.
Jimmy Beerie, aka James (Jimmy) Maxwell Tatham, aka James Leggo, aka Len Gallagher.
This man currently lives in Lismore, New South Wales, he uses the name Jimmy Beerie
He was adopted into the Leggo family in 1942 and given the name James Leggo, his birth name is Maxwell Tatham. For many years he has pretended to be a Vietnam Veteran and an ex Agent of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to “con” acts of kindness from genuine Veterans and generally inflate his false reputation within his circle of acquaintances. From the age of 12 years he has been a Petty Criminal and Conman, using various names to weave his deceit. His abilities as a criminal and conman can be judged by the many years he has spent in and out of prisons.
This human detritus for three years led a Vietnam Veteran into financial hardship by conning him into believing he was assisting a fellow Vietnam Veteran in a time of hardship. In fact Beerie has never served in any Defence Force anywhere, his only “service” has been as an Inmate in Prisons.
In 2009 after hearing a genuine Veteran on Talkback radio 2SM Sydney, Beerie contacted the genuine Veteran through the radio station and coerced a friendship on the basis of their “mutual Defence Service”.
We hold Statutory Declarations detailing Beerie’s actions and what he has told people about himself. Here are examples:
Here is an excerpt from one of the Stat Decs in our possession:
Beerie required life saving surgery and had to travel from Lismore to Sydney, and needed a Carer to accompany him. The genuine Veteran's wife volunteered to be the Carer. Beerie led the Carer to believe that her expenses would be covered by Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). After caring for Beerie through his operation and recovery, Beerie promised he would submit a claim for the Carer to DVA. The travel and accommodation expenses for the Carer were around $1,100.
When the Veteran’s wife discovered that Beerie had failed to submit the claim for her expenses to DVA, she submitted a claim herself and was told that Beerie had no DVA entitlements, and in any case, he had already been paid for a claim he submitted to the State Governments Isolated Patients Travel and Assistance Scheme (IPTAS), of course Beerie kept the money for himself.
If you reside in the Lismore area of NSW don’t allow this “Rat” to convince you that he is a Returned Veteran or any kind of ex Spy. He is a recidivist criminal and conman who will take advantage of you if he gets the opportunity.
Beerie at one stage of his criminal career was incarcerated in Boggo Road Prison in Brisbane under the name Len Gallagher. We are also reliably advised that he will not go too close to the Queensland Border, as there is a current Warrant for his arrest in Queensland in relation to a charge for Impersonating a Police Officer.
Beware of Beerie aka Leggo aka Tatham aka Gallagher. He is not a returned Serviceman as he would have you believe. He is a scurrilous opportunistic con man who has no redeeming qualities.
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.
Anthony George Bees - The case of the hustling Hussar .
From our experience dealing with wannabes of all kinds, we find they share many behavioural traits. We created a profile that is indicative that a person may be a wannabe. Tony Bees fits many aspects of our wannabe profile because he claims the following
1. Rank that he never attained.
2. Bravery awards that he was never awarded.
3. Service with Special Forces on secret operations.
4. He is not allowed to discuss his service because of the UK Secrecy provisions
5. He wears many trinkets when "done up" for ceremonial occasions
6. He forges and alters documents as required to "prove" his credentials
7. He is the President of an Ex Service Organisation (this gives credence to his claims)
8. Exaggerates his civilian occupation
The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars was first raised as Henry Conyngham's Regiment of Dragoons in Ireland in 1693. It saw service for three centuries, including service in Korea in 1950 - 1951. The warriors from this ancient, fierce unit are displeased with Anthony George Bees who has brought discredit to their illustrious history. The United Kingdom Korean Veterans Association, the Australian Korean Veterans Association and veterans generally are disgusted at the contemptuous behaviour of this ex British soldier who says he served in Korea with The 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars then was a Special Forces hero who was awarded an MM and Bar for his part in quelling the savage Mau Mau uprising in Kenya during the 1950s
Most Australian veterans would look twice or even thrice at Tony Bees rack of medals as worn when the Bribie Island Naval Association Sub Section and the Returned Services League Sub Branch combined to commemorate Korean Forces Day at Bribie Island on Queenslands Sunshine Coast on the 27 July 2006. However nothing seems to have been said, or done. We stumbled on to Tony Bees photograph whilst working on another matter, subsequently we learnt that a Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch has been wrestling with the Tony Bees issue for more than ten years. See the photo Below:
Bees is wearing on the top row a Military Medal and Bar (MM) (Imperial bravery medals) two British Army Korea medals, a General Service medal and another unrecognised medal. The bottom row consists of United States (US) medals including a Silver Star (bravery medal), Bronze Star, Purple Heart (awarded by US for being wounded in action) and two other medals. A "Bar" worn on a bravery medal means that the medal has been awarded twice. In the Bees photo the "Bar", is the silver horizontal device about a third of the way up the ribbon above the actual medal. It is clearly visible in the photograph and by wearing it Tony Bees is declaring that he has won the Military Medal for bravery on two occasions.
We urge Ex Service Organisations to take early decisive action against suspected wannabes, those unable to solve a wannabe problem have an open invitation to seek our help - 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Simply send advice to email@example.com
We wrote to Tony Bees and requested that he show evidence of having received the various bravery awards. Here is his reply
Original Message -----
From: Tony Bee
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 9:14 AM
Mr Bees joined the British regular Army in 1949 and trained as a Assault commando then went into a tank Regiment.
He served in Far East Land Forces in different countries and emergencies also in British Army Of the Rhine.
On the question of Medals in 1999 the then Executive of the Nambour RSL sub branch instigated an investigation on the same subject as you are doing now, and got the same results from the Ministry of defence.
Mr Bees however did get a reply from the war office on this issue,he then gave all the relevant documents to his Arbitrator at that time "RSM Frank Pallet RAA OAM Retd" (since Deceased) to be passed on at that meeting, The executive were satisfied with this report and placed all the documents relating to this incident into thier (sic) Archives by the branch Secretary.
Mr Bees does not receive any type of Pension from DVA nor any Benifits (sic) from DVA, that is why he has to do the job he does at his age to survive, He also states as it seems to be a problem for your faceless enquirers,He will never again wear any Medals to any ANZAC parade or reunion .
The email appears to have been written by Anthony Bees himself his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org The word "sasqual" of course alludes to him being qualified as an Special Air Service (SAS) soldier.
Bees did not know that we had the above photo when he answered our letter and he has failed to address the issue of the Bar to "his" Military Medal and the United States bravery medals. The only medals mentioned in the RSL meeting referred to in his email above related to wearing a Military Medal (MM) with no Bar.
We well know that the UK Ministry of Defence will not disclose information about British ex servicemen. Service Records can be acquired with the consent of the ex soldier but for obvious reasons Bees will not give permission. There are many other avenues to gain information about soldiers from the United Kingdom. This includes Ex Service Associations, and for bravery awards recipients The London Gazette
In his reply, Bees alludes to an investigation at a Queensland RSL where, with the assistance of "RSM Frank Pallett RAA OAM Retd" (now deceased) he produced "conclusive" evidence to the RSL committee "proving" his credentials as a Special Forces hero who had been awarded a Military Medal. What was that evidence?
1. A letter purporting to have been written by Major Lowther, Bart
"proving" Bees clandestine service in Kenya. (The post nominal
"Bart" means Baronet).
2. A Statutory Declaration signed by Bees and witnessed by Frank
At the meeting where the above evidence was presented by Bees the following verbal information was also tendered ; "Bees informed us that he had been awarded the Military Medal for a brave act in rescuing a farmer's wife and two children hiding under a veranda in Kenya, Africa. This was during the Mau Mau uprising not Korea as mentioned in this original email."
The RSL never scrutinised the letter from Major Lowther, Bart, it was only shown to the RSL President, who then wrote a note to the committee. Here is the Letter written by the then President, and the Statutory Declaration presented to the committee by Bees and Frank Pallett
Here is what Anthony Bees declared on the "scribbly" Statutory Declaration:
"I do hereby declare that I wear the Military Medal Awarded to me by the British Government under circumstances which I am not allowed to disclose with great honour. My no and rank on discharge 22276149 Tpr Bees. I am fully aware of the Penalties for making a false statement as I am a Justice of the Peace Queensland"
Our UK Agent advises that there is not now, and never has been a "Major Lowther, Barts" of Special Forces, Thetford, England. The letter seen by the then President is a forgery and Bees is the most logical suspect to be the forger. The Statutory Declaration is false and as Bees has said on the declaration "I am fully aware of the penalties for making a false statement". Anthony Bees has told lies on a Statutory Declaration to gain benefit and must be prosecuted by the law.
In his reply email, Bees has said: Mr Bees does not receive any type of Pension from DVA nor any Benifits (sic) from DVA, that is why he has to do the job he does at his age to survive.
We have a short Bees resume, where he describes himself as a "Part time Coroner".
In this statement he is drawing a very long bow. The Queensland State Coroners office say they have no "Part Time Coroners", in fact Bees works in the morgue of a regional hospital. Claiming to be a "Part Time Coroner" is akin to a Council Street Sweeper claiming to be "Part time Mayor". In relation to "DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) benefits." Bees has no entitlement to benefits from DVA, however we believe he is administered by DVA on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, War Disablement Pension organisation and is in receipt of some benefits from that UK office.
Anthony Bees claims to have been involved in clandestine military operations in Kenya that he is forbidden to speak about because of obligations under the Official Secrets Act of the United Kingdom. As well as the letter from the mysterious " Major Lowther, Barts" other evidence of this "secret work" is shown on his 1993 dated application to join the RSL. On the document signed by Bees on the 12 Oct 1993 - Shown below - Bees says his rank was from "Cpl - Major" and he claims service with the Army and "Other" in Korea, Malaysia and "Other". (Inferring secret service and secret destinations)
In the British Army there is a rank Corporal Major. If Bees was claiming to have been a Corporal Major he would have written "Cpl Major" on the RSL Application and not " Cpl - Major" indicating his rank went from Corporal to Major. A Corporal Major in the British Army is equivalent to a Warrant Officer - a Regimental Corporal Major being equivalent to a Warrant Officer First Class and a Squadron Corporal Major equivalent to a Warrant Officer Second Class. Bees Certificate of Discharge shows him as being a Trooper on discharge after twelve years service, that rank is equivalent to a Private soldier.
The above document shows his discharge date as 21 April 1966. The document he purports is his Certificate of Discharge shows his discharge date as 25 April 1961. The Certificate of Discharge further shows, that although his discharge date was 25 April 1961 it was signed on the 24 March 1961. There are numerous suspicious marks on the certificate that indicate it has been altered. See Below:
We have further documentation from other sources to show Bees was never awarded an MM and Bar. (For brevity we will not show the complete documents):
The British Commonwealth Ex-Services League, 48 Pall Mall London SWIY 7308 state:
"I have today had confirmation that the MM was not awarded to him for any operation whether covert or otherwise"
If you follow the instructions below there you have 90 pages of British Recipients of the Military Medal. Anthony Bees is not among them.
There are numerous British soldiers listed who are shown as having received the award whilst serving with Special Air Service.
"I have made enquiries with the Medals Office (Army) and the Military Secretaries branch 16, MOD. Both offices have no record of Mr Bees being awarded the Military Medal (MM)"
UK Ministry of Defence - Army Historical Branch, 3-5 Great Scotland Yard London advise: inter alia
"We have found no records to suggest that Mr Bees was awarded the Military medal"
The London Gazette:
The London Gazette promulgates all honours and awards and officer promotions. Bees is not listed anywhere in the London Gazette as he would have been, if he were awarded an MM or been commissioned as an Officer as shown on his RSL Application. In addition the mysterious "Maj Lowther, Bart" does not appear anywhere in the London Gazette.
It is well known that persons receiving honours whilst serving with Special Forces, for security reasons may be listed in the London Gazette under their "home" unit, meaning the unit in which they served before working with Special Forces. This means that even though a medal may have been awarded for work with Special Forces it is still promulgated in the London Gazette against their "home unit". Bravery Awards for Special Forces personnel are not suppressed for security reasons, especially those supposedly awarded fifty years ago.
We have found no records in the London Gazette to suggest that Mr Bees was awarded the Military Medal in any unit in the United Kingdom.
Bees Korean unit The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars know nothing of his MM and Bar. We received this email through an intermediary.
"I have spoken with the Regimental Secretary of the 8th Kings Irish Hussars. They have a Bees who served in Korea, as a Corporal with the Recce Troop. There are no Bees in the list of Honours and awards in connection with Korean Service to anyone of this name. They have apparently had previous enquiries about him. This chap obviously needs to be confronted and told that there is no record of him being awarded a Military Medal, and Bar, nor of any American Awards, and asked to produce the evidence. He seems to be trying to make a name for himself in the Korean Veteran Community, the sooner it is cleared the better for all concerned.
From our United Kingdom ANZMI Agent
"There is no record of Tony Bees being awarded an MM in this campaign.
There was a small involvement by the SAS in Kenya but no MM's awarded.
From info provided Tony Bees is not entitled to wear the MM and definitely did not serve with Special Forces."
The report from the 8th Kings Irish Hussars states that Bees served as a Corporal, yet on his Certificate of Discharge and on his Statutory Declaration he is shown as "Trooper". Because of the extent of Bees known lies, his reluctance to explain his true service and our inability to view Bees's UK Service file without his permission it is not possible to prove conclusively that Bees is even the same person shown as having served in Korea with the 8th Kings Irish Hussars.
You may also ask why he has shown his rank as Cpl - Major meaning "Corporal to Major" on his RSL Application. If he was a commissioned officer why would he say he was a trooper on his Statutory Declaration. If he was a soldier of outstanding qualities and abilities who had been awarded two imperial and a US bravery medal and served with Special Forces under very secret conditions, can you imagine him only reaching the rank of "Trooper" after twelve years service. (A Trooper is equal to a Private soldier). Neither his written or verbal tales stands up to scrutiny.
During this investigation we found no evidence to indicate that Tony Bees earned any of the USA awards that he "sported" on the occasion of the Bribie Island ceremony on the 27 July 2006. They are all fakes. This is the first known occasions that he has worn them, and a Bar to the Military Medal. Tony Bees laid a remembrance wreath at that event on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Korean Veterans Association Inc. On that occasion every genuine veteran attending must have found his rack of medals rather odd, however nothing was done by anybody attending. It is a gross insult to those being remembered to have the wreath laid by a scandalous, unrepentant pretender.
Bees is the President of the Korean Veterans Sunshine Coast Association Incorporated, in Queensland. Was his election to President assisted by his contemptuous acts of medal fraud? Surely veterans from the Sunshine Coast could have figured out that Bees is a fraud, his array of medals is ludicrous. It has been stated by members of that organization that Bees is known to be a fraud, but "does such a good job as President they let him be" - How could genuine Korean veterans have such notions festering in their brains? Aiding and abetting wannabes and military frauds is equally offensive as the act it self.
Time and technology have caught up with older frauds like Tony Bees, who seem to think that migrating to the Antipodes shields them from scrutiny, however, ANZMI through the miracle of the Internet and their massive cumulative military experience can reach into filing cabinets in most countries of the world.
Our ANZMI agent resident in the UK has been kept extremely busy these last few years - and looks forward to assisting us in any further investigations.
The act of falsely wearing bravery medals is an offence against the Defence act that carries a fine of $3,300 or imprisonment for six months or both. Despite our continued protestations the Australian Federal Police, State Police and Public Prosecutors continue to insult Australian veterans by ignoring those who offend. For instance Reginald Bruce Newton (see his entry on our site) is a dishonest unrepentant fraud who continues to mesmerise his sycophants and continues to falsely claim he earned a Military Cross and Bar through acts of Cold War military bravery. Newton was "outed" in March 2006 and has since been ignored by law enforcement agencies.
We iterate this is an insult to Australian veterans and their mates who paid the supreme sacrifice. We strongly urge action against Bees, Newton and all other offenders who are being deliberately ignored by our law enforcement agencies.
It is notable that many ex service organisations, both British and Australian involved with Bees were quick to assist in exposing Bees as a wannabe. We would hope that all ex service organisations expel Bees for his disgraceful behaviour, because, if Ex Service Organisations don't take appropriate action, how can we expect the law enforcement agencies to become serious. It behoves Ex Service Organizations to lodge official complaints about wannabes to law enforcement authorities. We can't deport Bees back to the UK but we can at least send him to Coventry.
Tony Bees is a fraud who was confident enough to believe he could fool us Colonials into believing he is a British Korean war, and Kenyan Special Forces hero. Well Tony Bees as long as we Colonials have breath in our bodies we will pursue and "out" fools like you. We have world wide contacts and we do our work diligently and honourably and will continue to do so until the last wannabe is comprehensively rounded up, roped and branded - as Bees has been.
We recently received a photograph of Mr Bees miniature medals, a very impressive rack don't you think!
1) Military Medal & Bar
2) Korea Medal
3) Korea United Nations Medal
4) Africa General Service Medal with Kenya clasp (bronze issued 1952-1956 Mau Mau Rebellion)
5) General Service Medal with Malaya Bar (UK)
6) Silver Star (USA Gallantry in Action)
7) Legion of Merit (USA Exceptionally meritorious conduct) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of_Merit
8) Purple Heart (USA)
9) Croix de Guerre (French) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croix_de_Guerre
10) Commemorative Medal (trip Australia to Korea -by Korean Government)
11) Korean Service Medal (USA 1950-1954) Bought one
12) Korean Commemorative Medal 50th Anniversary Medal
13 British National Service Commemorative Medal 1939-1960 (bought one)
This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.
It is not often that we undertake a group exposure of medal cheats, and by indifference or otherwise, an entire RSL Sub Branch but that was before we became aware of the happenings in the NSW coastal town of Bega. There is more on the nose than just cheese in the Bega RSL Sub Branch.
Our attention was drawn to a photograph which appeared on the website of the Bega District News by one of our many followers. That photograph was of Allen Collins, a former National Serviceman who likes to wear the odd bit of ‘Tin’ to enhance his rack.
Mr Collins joins the ever growing list of loyal individuals who have decided to self-award themselves a tin medal to recognise the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth 2. We here at ANZMI have great respect for Her Majesty but that does not mean it is appropriate to wear an unofficial tin medal with your entitled awards.
As you can see, this has not stopped Mr Collins, a former National Serviceman who has added not only the Jubilee Medal, but has also added the National Service ‘tin’ for good measure.
As a former National Serviceman, Collins has an entitlement to wear two official medals, The Anniversary of National Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). If you look closely, you can just see what we believe to be these medals behind the ‘tin’.
The medals he is clearly seen wearing are nothing but tin rubbish. The so called Jubilee Medal bears no resemblance to the official Jubilee Medal issued by Buckingham Palace. The Government of Australia decided not to accept the issue of the medal, but rather a small number of Australians were awarded the official medal, these include Australians awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) or Cross of Valour (CV) as well as State Governors and the Governor General.
This is the ‘tin’:
This is the real deal:
Similarly, the ‘Nasho tin’ is nothing but a rubbish self-awarded trinket which should be disposed of in the rubbish bin. Wearing that medal alongside the officially awarded medal can only mean Collins is trying to create the impression of being the ‘hardened veteran’.
Here is the ‘tin’ Nasho Medal:
Now, under most circumstances ANZMI would make contact with the RSL Sub Branch which the miscreant belongs, in the case of Mr Collins that would be the Bega RSL Sub Branch. We at ANZMI did attempt to make contact with the Secretary of the Bega RSL Sub Branch to inform him or her of our concerns, but only silence was the reply and now we know why.
There is an old saying,‘when you scratch a sore it only makes it worse’ and so it seems with the Bega RSL Sub Branch. During our research into Mr Collins, we sourced additional photographs of Mr Collins participating in RSL events. We note he proudly sports an RSL tie suggesting some active participation in the Sub Branch. In undertaking our research we came across a photograph, taken at the same event of three more Bega Sub Branch members.
Here we have Huey, Dewey and Louie (aka Bill Flood, Ken Witchard and Bob Flood). Three more members of the Bega RSL Sub Branch, all proudly sporting their gongs, all of which contain an assortment of official medals and ‘tin’ rubbish.
Here is another photograph of Bill Flood and Witchard at different ceremony in Bega, still sporting their ‘Tin’. It can also be seen that both gentlemen wear RSL Name tags and we believe both of these gentlemen may at some time been Committee members of the Sub Branch, perhaps explaining why our email fell on deaf ears. We have made extensive enquires to identify the third medal being worn by Witchard and through those enquires learnt that he is the Secretary of the Naval Tankerman Association. The medal appears to be some sort of Tin Commemorative Medal, self-awarded by Witchard simply because of vanity, rather than to signify operational service.
You can easily find the images by following the link:
The time has come for the RSL at National and State level to act.
The pages of our website are littered with stories of RSL members, indeed RSL Executives and committee members who continually snub their noses at the Australian Honours and Awards System. These same people scream loud about being proud Australians, so why do they condone those who snub their nose at our honours system. The Honours and Awards system, both at Federal and State level recognise bravery, outstanding service, long service and operational service among others.
One important group had been neglected for some time, but former National Servicemen who did not deploy operationally were eventually recognised with the award of the ‘Anniversary of National Service 1951 – 72 Medal’ and later established an entitlement to the ‘Australian Defence Medal’ (ADM). Surely two official medals to recognise a person’s fulfilling of their national service obligation is sufficient recognition. It seems not to be the case in Bega, and a number of other RSL Sub Branches around Australia who either turn a blind eye or are complicit in allowing self-awarded rubbish to be worn with official medals under any circumstance.
Here is a clue for those RSL committees who still don’t understand. If it is not listed in the Australian Honours and Awards System, or an approved foreign award approved by the Governor General, it is NOT worn on the left side.
Perhaps a visual reminder is needed by the National and State Executives of the RSL in order for them to do something about Sub Branches that flout the rules clearly issued by Government House.
Welcome to our website Allen Collins, Bob Flood, Bill Flood, Ken Witchard, and by association, your mates at the Bega RSL Sub Branch.
Adrian Whyman Bell - Fake Vietnam Veteran
Bell has been “strutting his stuff” around Melbourne for years claiming to be a New Zealand (NZ) Vietnam Veteran who was attached to an Australian Army unit and wears medals, badges, buttons, bows and beret to prove it. He is also the Victorian Representative of the 161 Reconnaissance Flight Association.
Bell has lots of “Bling” on his jacket and although the photograph is blurred he appears to be wearing medal ribbons on his left breast along with a “Wing” denoting that he was “Air Crew”.
We hold Statutory Declarations declaring that:
Bell has worn the New Zealand Operational Service Medal, and the Vietnam Medal on numerous occasions including,
Vietnam Veterans Days
At a RAAF funeral Ramp Ceremony for the return home of a Vietnam Missing in Action soldier.
Attending the Philip Island Vietnam Veterans Museum Opening Ceremony.
The declarations also advise that Bell has made the following claims:
“he had served with the NZ Army Air Corp. attached to 161 Recce Flight in Vietnam in 1971. His posting was as a Helicopter Crewman. He stated that he served at Pleiku. When asked why he did not have the Vietnamese Campaign Medal he stated that he had been injured jumping out of an Iroquois of 161 Recce Flight and thus did not serve for 6 months which, he said, made him ineligible for the Medal”.
Bell is a liar because he:
Was never attached to 161 Recce Flight.
Never served in Pleiku or any other part of Vietnam.
Never served in the Australian or New Zealand full time Army.
Bell claims to have injured his back jumping from a 161 Recce Flight Iroquois Helicopter. However, 161 Recce Flight never flew Iroquois Helicopters in Vietnam.
He claimed on an RSL membership application form that he was:
“Ex NZ Army served Peacekeeping in Vietnam”.
That is a ridiculous statement as all Peacekeeping in Vietnam was done from the barrel of a rifle and the war was fought to a definitive conclusion.
As a final insult to Veterans, Bell drives a footpath mobility scooter and has a notice on the back saying “Don’t blame me I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD).
Bell was accepted as an affiliate member of the 161 Reconnaissance Flight Association, and was appointed as their Victoria representative. We are advised, in an unsolicited email, sent to us as an information copy, that Bell was appointed on the basis of his service with the NZ Army Air Corps.
Below is the email from the President of 161 Recce Flight Association that was directed to a person daring to question the bona fides of Bell.
“As President of the National Australia Branch, I direct my reply on behalf of the NAB to M’s xxxx/ xxxxx and request, that, in the future you check your facts before firing from the hip.
Adrian Bell is a financial Associate member of the 161 Assn and has been for some considerable time, unlike some unfinancial (sic) persons who wish to stick their nose into the running of a functional Assn working in the interests of the welfare of its members. Adrian served with the New Zealand Army Air Corps during the period 1971-1979 as an “air crewman”.
Adrian has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Melbourne Branch of 161 for a number of years, and, as an Associate member Adrian is fully entitled to wear the 161 Recce Assn jacket that he is wearing in the photo below that he purchased during Possum 40 in Adelaide.
As stated above, in future, check your facts before questioning the integrity of the Assn.
President161 Recce Assn NAB”
161 Recce Association’s claim that Bell , “Served with the New Zealand Army Air Corps during the period 1971-1979 as an “air crewman” is entirely wrong. Here is what Bell has told us about his duties:
“My role varied and grew over time within the unit, from stand in orderly room Cpl. To Dvr/Operator, Comms specialist using both Air force and army equipment and with the introduction of the M60 GPMG over the HBFN, gunnery (again). All members performed (back seat) flying duties at various times during search and rescue, flood and fire relief, International humanitarian operations, Police and Army co-operation etc”
161 Recce Association are the ones who have “fired from the hip” and have chosen to defend a person who has played them for suckers.
Bell was never a full time soldier. Between September 1965 and April 1966, he served as a part time soldier with the Royal Victorian Regiment (RVR), Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF).
He served nowhere between April 1966 and 1974.
Bell’s version of his service is different he says:
Approx. Sept. 1965, I was notified that my application was approved, and should report to Charlie Co.(sic) (I think) Footscray Drill Hall. Ordinary Rifle Company training stuff, weekly parades etc. Over time I developed the required infantry skills, particularly in relation to admin tasks, use of the 77 set and the M60 gpmg. I remember an annual camp out near Jameson and another, I think, not far from HMAS Cerberus; I was detailed with a few others to provide assistance at HQ Co. Moonee Ponds for advance party duties. While the job itself only lasted a couple of weeks, it was a good learning experience around the exercise planning and Orderly room functions, I continued with some Orderly room duties for the remainder of the camp. My employment study requirements were becoming more and more time consuming ie : 1 Full day and 2 Nights per week, chronically time poor, something had to give, so I left the army, maybe Sept. 1967.
Following our move to NZ in 1970, I joined the Territorial Army and was posted to RNZEME, 1 LAD, Hopu Hopu. I stayed with this unit until transferred into NZAAC in ’71; I continued to serve with this unit until my (Medical) retirement in ’79.
His real NZ service history is:
He joined the New Zealand Territorial Forces (Part time) in March 1974 where he served with 1st Brigade and then 3rd Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force (Army Component as a part time soldier) until 1980.
Bell has made much of his false Vietnam Service, and has attended numerous Commemorative occasions wearing a Scots kilt and fake medals.
Bell has created a series of lies spanning the Tasman Sea that were not easy to refute, however he has now been comprehensively “outed” as a liar, cheat and wannabe.
Bell does not belong in the Veteran Community.
He is not a New Zealand, Vietnam Veteran who earned medals whilst attached to the Australian 161 Recce Flight in Vietnam, he is a liar and a wannabe, and we welcome him to our web site where he will be in the company of many other liars’ cheats and wannabes.
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