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

Surname: Crick
Christian Names: Thomas Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: N260378 and NX 162731
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 13 Oct 41
Completion of service: 16 Oct 46
Case Notes:




Tom Crick is a World War Two Veteran aged  Ninety Three years.  For many years he has been telling family of his World War Two adventures.  His wife, over the years has documented his tales of derring do.  The tales were presented to the Western Australia RSL Headquarters who naively published a synopsis in the June 2015 edition of their Newsletter  "The Listening Post".  Here is what was published.

The story is all "bunkum", Crick is a liar a fraud and a wannabe. Her has lied about his status prior to joining the Army and his war service is a complete fabrication.

Interrupted University of Sydney Studies Pharmaceutical Studies in 1940

In 1940 Crick was a Chemical Warehouseman. He did not achieve any secondary education  qualifications whatsoever and went nowhere near the Sydney University. See extract from his enlistment Attestation Form.

Ultimately joined the 2/4 Commando Regiment "Z" Force in NSW

Crick never at any stage served as a Commando or any other "combat" type of Army unit. He spent from October 1941 to December 1942 as a Clerk in various Ordnance Units, then transferred to the Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers where he served as an Armourer until his discharge as a Craftsman (equivalent of Private soldier)  in 1946.

Became Lieutenant Thomas Edward Crick and led his men to Malaysia and Singapore where they were captured. 

 Crick was never more than a Craftsman which is the equivalent of a Private Soldier. From this point in the article it is all "boys own" fiction. Here is his Discharge Form clearly showing his rank of Craftsman which is written on the top right as "CFN" 

Crick did serve overseas during the war but it was as an Armourer in Moratai and Ambon in Indonesia.  It was mundane, but important service similar to that done by most Australian Logistics Soldiers during World War Two.

The article mentions:

Escaping from Japanese Prisoner of War Camp

Boat journey to Timor

Stealing Dutch Gold

Liberating Japanese Prisoner of War Camps

Tracking down War Criminals

All of that is bunkum.

We are somewhat amazed that a State RSL Headquarters should place such an obviously flawed story in its Newsletter.  When the RSL was advised of their naivety the story  was quickly removed from the publication with the promise of an explanation to be published in the next issue.

Despite his age we have no compunctions in publishing this exposure. Crick has been telling his lies for years and it is important for his posterity that his true military history is known.

We reiterate, if you are a wannabe or tell lies about your military history you are very likely to be reported and included on this web site.'

Welcome Thomas Edward Crick of Perth aged 93 years.

Surname: Crosby
Christian Names: Gary F.
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Logan
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:


Update Gary Crosby

Gary Crosby unfortunately put on the wrong medal and wore it to a Motorcycle Club function, where he was photographed and reported to ANZMI. Here is what he said:

"I did accidentally put the wrong medal on that morning and as soon as one of my mate(sic) told me it wasn't the Lib of K which I didn't even look at I took it off, as both those medals sit side by side on my book shelf. This could impact my career as teacher and DVA status etc. in which I've just applied for after 25 years of never claiming, I have never claimed to be anything I am not, I served and I don't like cheats and impostors. Please explain how I reach the requirements to be label as one, for a stuff up in the morning"

regards Gary Crosby"

Crosby will remain on this website site and Veterans will judge the extent of his offence. His association with DVA will not be affected by this matter and we suggest that he get his medals properly mounted to alleviate any further careless acts.


It behoves veterans to be aware of medals protocols, otherwise they will be reported by fellow veterans and shown on this website. Gary F Crosby wears an unauthorized medal instead of the official medal for his service in the Gulf War.

Crosby served on HMAS Westralia in the Persian Gulf in 1990 - 1991 during the Liberation of Kuwait. For that service he is wearing the unathorized Kuwait Liberation Medal

The medal is not on the Australian Governor General's list of foreign medals approved to be worn

Accepting and wearing of Foreign awards by Australians

In August 2012, Her Majesty The Queen approved the replacement of the 1997 ‘Guidelines concerning the acceptance and wearing of Foreign Awards by Australians’. The new Guidelines are substantially similar to the 1997 Guidelines, however, they enable the Governor-General to determine whether Australian Citizens may accept and wear foreign awards on the basis of advice from the Prime Minister in the form of a schedule of approved countries and awards.

For the Schedule of Approved Countries and Awards. See here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians

It is also noted that Crosby is wearing the non approved medal with the ribbon upside down.

Crosby is most likely authorized to wear the Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait medal, but chooses not to.

His offence appears to be one of ignorance, rather than fraud, and it is suggested that he contact Honours and Awards and establish his proper entitlement and then meet with a competent medal mounter and become legitimate.

Anthony Fraser is another Sailor on this website from the Gulf War who chose to wear this unauthorized medal. anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/720-fraser

If you have served on overseas Defence operations you must wear only authorized medals and definitely, do not wear unauthorized medals with the ribbon upside down.

Crosby has achieved the criterion to be listed on this website.


Surname: Crowden
Christian Names: Ian Ronald
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Gold Coast
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:





According to his Solicitor Jason Jacobson, Ian Ronald Crowden is a gentle giant who won strongman competitions.

The 160 kilogram Crowden was facing Southport Magistrates Court in May, 2013 charged with obstructing a Commonwealth Officer and animal cruelty.

On the 24 May, 2013, Crowden was at the Gold Coast Airport baggage carousel when he was approached by a Commonwealth Customs Officer and a 6 year old female Labrador sniffer dog.

Crowden, the 160 kilogram gentle giant, lashed out at the Labrador and kicked it in the ribs. He was also accused of being abusive and aggressive to people at the Airport. (Brisbane Times) The Police stated that when he was approached by the dog, he yelled out, "get that f**king dog away from me." (Courier-Mail)

For his trouble, Crowden was arrested and his Solicitor informed the Court that he had a fear of dogs (cynophobia). The Court was told that Crowden even crossed the road to avoid dog walkers.

As well as his alleged dog phobia, his Solicitor informed the Magistrate that his client had been an Army sniper, serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor before being honourably discharged in 1999 and that since his discharge from the Army, he has had trouble sleeping.

After taking into account the Defence submissions, Crowden was fined a total of $1000 in respect to both charges.

Following the initial media stories in the Courier Mail, the Brisbane Times and ABC news, alarm bells sounded when his defence counsel was quoted as informing the Court that following his service in Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor, he was discharged honourably in 1999 and had trouble sleeping.

An astute member of the Queensland community and Anzmi follower, contacted Anzmi and brought this matter to our attention.

Following confirmation of the newspaper articles, we commenced to investigate Crowden's so called military career, which would have been taken into account by the Magistrate when detrermining his convictions and $1000 fine.

Crowden was alleged to have been discharged from the Army in 1999.

To us, it was highly unlikely that he was a Timor veteran as this operation only commenced in late 1999 under the Command of then Major General Peter Cosgrove. (Wikipedia)

It was more unlikely that he was a veteran of Afghanistan as Australian Defence Force (ADF) involvement commenced in late 2001, with the deployment of 1 Squadron Group, Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in October, 2001. (Wikipedia)

It was even more unlikely that he served in Iraq as the first ADF involvement was 2003 when Special Forces personnel were initially deployed. (Wikipedia)

No checks were obviously carried out by Crowden's defence counsel in regards to the likelihood and truth of his false claims of military service. His fraudulent claims were obviously placed before the Magistrate as uncorroborated and unsubstantiated facts.

We were reliably informed from colleagues known to Crowden that his Australian Defence Service was nil. He had never been a member of the Australian Army at any time, let alone deploy on operational service.

Crowden was just an outright liar who had made his false claims to his Solicitor and the Court to extricate himself from the seriousness of the charges that he was facing.

We would have preferred to disclose this story earlier, but as fate would have it, the Queensland Police Force acting on our information, re-arrested Crowden and charged him with Perverting the Course of Justice in regards to his false claims to the Court. As the case then became a matter of sub judice, (before the Courts consideration) we were unable to disclose his reprehensible behaviour.

However, he recently reappeared before the Court and was convicted of the Perverting the Course of Justice charge. He was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment which was suspended to be of good behaviour for two years. He can consider himself lucky.

Crowden is associated with the Commanchero Bikie Club. He has never laced on a military boot of any kind and is a 160 kilogram boofhead. He is a bully and a liar without credibility who has stolen the honour of our Defence personnel who valiantly safeguard his arrogant way of life. Kicking a defenceless dog in the ribs is indicative of Crowden's low character.

A strongman champion and a gentle giant? We think not!

Welcome to the site.

Surname: Cullum
Christian Names: Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cleveland
Service #: 714379
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 03 Jan 1955
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


Kenneth Colin Cullum never saw active service, however he was called up for National Service and trained in artillery. He continued his service to the country and community through various organisations. In 2000, he was awarded the Emergency Services Medal for his service with Queensland State Emergency Service (QLD SES).

Cullum has also held executive positions in ex-Service organisations, his most recent, as Secretary of the National Servicemen’s Association of Queensland, Redlands Branch.

One would think that after many year’s involvement in such organisations, Cullum would be aware of medal protocols, or he simply chose to ignore them, as the following illustrates.

Cullum 1 2

The above photograph was taken at the 2015 Remembrance Day service at Redlands, Queensland.

Cullum 2


Cullum is wearing the following medals:

1. Emergency Services Medal – awarded in 2000 for service to the QLD SES.

2. National Medal – entitlement unknown as the medal was never officially awarded.

3. Australian Defence Medal – entitled.

4. Anniversary of National Service Medal – entitled.

5. International Year of the Volunteer Medal – an unofficial commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.






Cullum 3


The National Medal was established on 14 February 1975 as one of the original elements of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. The Medal recognises long and diligent service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Many, but not all, eligible groups are uniformed. The Medal is awarded to persons for long service in eligible organisations who fulfil the primary function and meet other criteria. Fifteen year’s eligible service is necessary to qualify for the Medal. Clasps are available for each additional 10-year period.

The Governor-General awards the National Medal. Nominations are made by the chief officer of the nominee’s organisation. The chief officer of each approved organisation also administers the medal for that organisation. The award recognises long service in approved organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Many, but not all, eligible groups are uniformed. Fifteen years’ service is required to qualify. Clasps are available for each additional ten years’ service.

Cullum may very well have qualified for the award of the National Medal, by virtue of his service with the QLD SES, however, until the medal is applied for in the correct manner and approved for issue, then he is not entitled to wear it.

Cullum 4


The above shows the result of a search of the Australian Honours and Awards database. Cullum has been awarded the Emergency Services Medal, but not the National Medal.

Cullum 5

The United Nations (UN) passed a resolution on December 2000 declaring that 2001 would be the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). This resolution adopted by the General Assembly was endorsed and co-sponsored by 60 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malta and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The colours of the ribbon depict the light blue, being the Internationally recognised colour of the United Nations Medal and the orange, being the colour for the International Year of Volunteer Medal.

In short, this is not an official medal, it is no more than a decorative trinket and is not to be worn with official medals.

Kenneth Colin Cullum, you have had an outstanding life of community service, for which you have been appropriately recognised. However, your actions in respect of your medals has sullied this service, disrespected veterans and, perhaps, even disrespected yourself.

The fact that your actions took place whilst an executive member of an ex-Service organisation compounds your culpability and casts a cloud over those organisations that continually turn a blind eye to such practices. You are now among like-minded colleagues on the ANZMI website.

Surname: Cunningham
Christian Names: Ross
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bateman Bay
Service #: 2794328
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Case Notes:


Ross Cunningham wears five medals, he is entitled to four.




He wears:


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM - Not Entitled


The RVCM requires service of 181 days in Vietnam. Cunningham served only 61 days as a National Serviceman with 102 Field Workshop Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). If Cunningham was declared a Battle Casualty before completing the 181 days he would be eligible to wear the medal. Cunningham was not a Battle Casualty.




Here is the offending medal:




We have been unable to get Cunningham to respond to our requests for information. He was photographed at the Batemans Bay Returned and Services League (RSL) and was a member until 2016. The Secretary of the Batemans Bay RSL advised us that it was no business of theirs what medals Cunningham wears. In recent times we have had similar responses from the Bright RSL in Victoria, the Bundaberg RSL in Queensland and Wairoa Royal Returned and Services Association (RSA) New Zealand.


Most RSLs are vigilant to protect traditions and protocols, however some RSLs are like lost souls wandering in the dark and have no idea of Tradition and Protocols. It is timely for State RSL Headquarters to clearly detailing medals policy.


The Batemans Bay RLS Secretary responded to our polite request in the manner that most wannabes respond, and that is by attacking the messenger and stating that as the messenger was not listed on the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll he does not have the right to question Cunningham. He also said, referring to his executive committee: inter alia

"We are well aware of the by-laws and I have no intentions of going against the executive of the sub-branch"


By "going against the executive" it is assumed he refers to the RSL President. This infers that the RSL is run by a Dictator rather than a democracy and the Secretary dances to the tune played by the President.


Cunningham is a medals cheat and Batemans Bay RSL are aiding and abetting him in his actions.


The actions of medals cheats are divisive and whilst ANZMI works tirelessly towards the eradication of this behaviour. It appears that individuals in RSLs are prepared to protect this behaviour, whatever the motive, it is wrong.


Welcome Ross Cunningham.

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