Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'

Surname: Bauerle
Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Glenroy - North Albury
Service #: .3782491
Service: Army
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: 17 May 1958
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

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!

Surname: Bayley
Christian Names: Graeme Maurice
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

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" 
A very easy thing for him to say because he didn't endure what the majority of Vietnam Veterans had to endure and by this we mean a long time away from family and loved ones in a strange country embroiled in a nasty war.

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?

In March 2006 ANZMI was contacted by several irate members representing the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment,  these veterans had been handed newspaper clippings of BAYLEY's appearance as guest speaker five years earlier, and the target of their anger was BAYLEY wearing  a medal he had no entitlement to - and still wears - the "Vietnamese Campaign Medal" awarded to veterans who served more than six months "in-country" - 



 

"on the front line within 5 months"
The period between his enlistment and arrival in Vietnam was 8 months which disproves this statement. His claimed 5 month  time frame was a virtual impossibility for anyone of his rank and Corps. 
BAYLEY enlisted (was conscripted) on 1 May 1968 and arrived at 1ARU, Nui Dat, Vietnam, 6 January 1969.   He spent 40 days at this Reinforcement Unit, a notably long period of time.  20 to 22 days was the norm for Infantrymen who displayed any ability since capable reinforcements were always required by the Battalions as soon as possible.

"serving 9 months with the 4th Royal Australian Regiment"
He was posted to the 4th Battalion on 18 February 1969 and began his return to Australia on 19 May 1969. The length of this posting was 3 months and totally denies his fanciful claim.   Had he served on Operations Federal, Overlander and Stafford with the Battalion, he could have spent a total of 58 days in the bush but we don't have any definitive information on his actual duties within the unit. Not all Infantrymen posted to Battalions went outside the wire on warlike operations.

"He found fitting back into life at home was easier for him than others"
BAYLEY departed for Australia with 4RAR aboard HMAS SYDNEY on 19 May 69....why?
His total Vietnam service was 4 1/2 months, a lot shorter than the majority of Infantry tours which were 1 year.  The reason for this is unknown but what is known is that some Infantry posted to Battalions took the option of an early return with their unit while many more were posted out to other units to complete a normal tour.
There is no indication that BAYLEY suffered from any disability which may have prompted this early return, it would appear that he took up the option.

ANZMI contacted BAYLEY and requested he clarify the situation - as he is a genuine veteran he was given ample opportunity to prove or disprove his illegal wearing of the medal - he neglected to reply to our correspondence and now will remain on the CASES page as evidence that the Veteran Community will not suffer this type of offender.
Should he offer an apology to the relevant people and units, it will be treated as all others have been.

If not for the alertness of a 4 RAR veteran this charade would have continued unreported.  BAYLEY would be fully cognizant that he commits an offence against the "Defence Act" each time he "medals up" - here is an opportunity for the VVAA/RSL to recommend charges be laid....or will they close ranks around him?

Graeme BAYLEY - you have been exposed by your own battalion mates as a poseur and a fraud - may you reap what you have sown.

Allegedly there is a lot more to this man and his dealings with Veterans that cannot be published by us. We look forward to some interesting guest book entries about Mr Bayley.

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"
He asked us why he would lie about his time spent in Vietnam when there is a possibility of being found out because the Vietnam Veterans nominal roll is freely available.

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 information@anzmi.net

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.

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Dated 30 June 2006 but incorrectly addressed, re-sent by BAYLEY and finally received at ANZMI ON 22 August 2006.

Dear Sir

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.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Bayley

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: Bayliss
Christian Names: Christopher John Cha
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bilambil Heights
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 0
Completion of service: 0
Case Notes:

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:

Dear xxxxxxxx 

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
Date of birth:
Service number:
Period of service: form 1972?

Yours sincerely,

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Reference Officer
National Reference Service”

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

Finally

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.

Surname: Bayliss
Christian Names: Danny
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army Reserves
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Danny BAYLISS

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.




 


1. Bayliss had a smattering of Army Reserve service in various parts of Australia. He first enlisted into the Army Reserve in South Australia in August 1982 under another name (which ANZMI knows, but will not be divulging here) and served there until July 1983 when he was discharged at his own request. He next enlisted  into 51FNQR (Far North Queensland Regiment) a Regional Force Surveillance Unit based in Cairns, Queensland in March 1987. He was discharged from 51FNQR as "unsuitable" in July 1987.

2.  He next appeared in the Army Reserve, with a new service number and under his present name in Western Australia's 16RWAR (Royal Western Australian Regiment) in April 1992. He served in both 16 RWAR and 11/28 RWAR until September 1993, and was once again discharged at his own request.
An undistinguished but honourable service history, but that wasn't good enough for Danny Bayliss. He went on to invent a much more interesting and colourful military history for himself.

3.  Unfortunately for Bayliss, he decided to publish his bogus history on an internet bulletin board, where it quickly came to the attention of a number of ex servicemen who had genuine service in both the Special Air Service and 3RAR (Parachute Battalion), who alerted ANZMI to his website. (the website was taken down after we contacted Bayliss about his claims)

4.  This is a screenshot of the bogus history he posted on the site:





Anybody with any idea of military service will note his incorrect terminology for units and qualifications, the spelling mistakes i.e. "parashooter", and a simple comparison of his real military service record of about three years Army Reserve service and his bogus claims of twenty years in elite Regular Army units (SAS and 3RAR) shows him up as a liar and a wannabe.


Soldiers who are selected to serve in the ADF's special forces and elite units undergo rigorous mental and physical training.  They have many and varied combat skills, and all are earned the hard way, by doing the necessary courses and practising and honing those skills in combat situations, rather than imagining them in their dreams. The members and ex members are intensely proud of their reputation and honour both within the military and in civilian life.


Fakers like Bayliss who steal their honour rightly attract their total contempt. We thank those ex members who drew our attention to this wannabe's website.
Welcome to the world of shame, Danny Bayliss, and a place in the gallery of wannabes.

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: Bayliss
Christian Names: Blayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Camberwell
Service #: A221147
Service: RAAF
Branch: Clerical/Linguist
Commencement of service: 1961
Completion of service: 1969
Case Notes:

 

 

 

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
Language School

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Beasley
Christian Names: Neal Lyndon
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Noosa
Service #: R53761
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Cook
Commencement of service: 1958
Completion of service: 1978
Case Notes:

 

 

Neal Lyndon Beasley joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Cook in 1958, seeing much sea service in this role, before transferring to Naval Police in 1970. He discharged in 1978, having given 20 years efficient service to his country.

Beasley 1

ANZAC Day 2015, would certainly be a memorable one for Beasley, having been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs to lay a wreath on behalf of all Australian veterans at the Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The above photograph appeared online, in “Noosa Today”, on 23 April 2015. The article had an in-depth account of Beasley’s service and how proud he was to be attending the dawn service in France.

Beasley can be seen wearing 10 medals. The first 9, were awarded to him for his service in the Navy, and in particular, operational service in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam. These medals are officially awarded by the Australian Government as part of the long-established honours and awards system.

The last medal is nothing more that tin junk, a medal to commemorate service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), and usually worn by those wanting to make their row of medals look that little bit more impressive. Service with the FESR was adequately recognised through the official awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, with clasp ‘FESR’.

Beasley has no cause to be proudly displaying this trinket.

Beasley 2

To all discerning Veterans, the FESR Commemorative is nothing more than a ‘tin’ medal, it has no place with authorised Service medals.

So how did this medal come about? Well, people will collect anything and medals have an attractiveness all of their own, particularly when worn in order to impress others rather than just an official recognition of service to Australia.

This was well set out in the advertising spiel of the organisations who produced the commemorative medal.

“To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the RAN's involvement as an integral part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), the HMAS Sydney and the VLSV Assoc (Vic) has dedicated this medal to all of those that served on HMAS ships on the FESR.

Ministerial approval was sought and Navy Office have granted an 'Instrument of Consent' to use certain words/letters on the Obverse side of the medal, thereby making it uniquely 'Navy'.

The design of the medal is a very fitting one, with two uniquely naval motifs included in the design. The first, the quarter compass rose, depicts the North West quadrant, signifying the direction of the 'Far East' in relation to Australia. The second is the symbol of a canted and fouled stockless anchor, superimposed with a scroll signifying the RAN's involvement in the FESR from 1955 until its disbandment in 1971. The wreath beneath the anchor crown is representative of the eucalypt leaves of the Australian bush, and is in tribute to the memory of those that did not return from this service to their country.

 The recipient of this medal, whose name appears on the Reverse side, served on the Far East Station in an RAN ship which was a unit of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve. And in the fine traditions of the Royal Australian Navy, they served Australia well.”

In the above, words like ‘Ministerial, and ‘consent’ and ‘uniquely Navy’, seem to add a pretext of authority to the medal, detracting from what it actually is – an unofficial, worthless piece of metal that simply has no place in military medal history.

Defence Honours and Awards policy dictates specifically that such medals are never to be worn with official medals, a policy that is even reflected on the HMAS Sydney Association website and many other Navy and Military association pages.

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The ANZAC Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

On 25 April 2015, thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and French attended the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. The service was broadcast across the world by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and copies of the video are available on Youtube and many commemorative sites.

Beasley 4

The above image was extracted from the broadcast video at the 46 minutes and 13 seconds point, where Beasley is preparing to lay the wreath on behalf of all Australian veterans. Beasley is still wearing the FESR ‘rubbish’ along with his medals.

Neal Lyndon Beasley, do not feel proud for that day, instead, hang your head in shame for your actions. You, in fact, did an immeasurable dis-honour to those who lost their lives in those battles, you also disrespected both the veteran community, and the Australian Honours system, and whilst appearing on a world stage for all to see.

You now represent those others of your ilk, the medal cheats and valour thieves, through the award of a perpetual presence on the ANZMI site.

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