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Surname: Fancourt
Christian Names: Wilfred Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Case Notes:

His true medal entitlements are the:

Australian  Active Service (AASM) Medal with Clasp Viet Nam,
Viet Nam Medal, and
Vietnamese Campaign Medal.


But, Neil FANCOURT proudly wears the followingas you can see in his photograph:

US Presidential Unit Citation (PUC)
Infantry Combat Badge
AASM with Clasp Viet Nam
Korea Medal
United Nations Korea Medal
Viet Nam Medal
Australian Service Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal

The Profile as shown in the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, (WA) SITREP Magazine, profile here details Fancourt as having served in Korea, Malaya and Viet Nam in both Infantry and Engineers. The real fact is that Fancourt never served in Korea or Malaya and his service in Viet Nam was with Ordnance Corps and could not be classed as dangerous.

Fancourt claims to have been in the Battle of Kapyong (Korea)  on 24th - 25th April 1951 which meant that he would not have reached his 18th birthday. DOB here  The fact is that no soldier could serve in Korea less than 19 years of age. Fancourt's name does not appear on the Army Orders of the award of the US PUC (copy of Army Order on file) and Veteran's from the battle have never heard of him.   Fancourt has been at some events where Battle of Kapyong Veterans have gathered but he never stays around long enough to tell his so called war stories with these real Veterans.

To cover this anomaly, Fancourt has claimed he served in Korea under an assumed name.   Record checks show that a person of that name did serve in Korea in 1955/56 as a driver (not during the Battle of Kapyong period) but at the time of this person serving, Fancourt was already serving in the ARA under his real name. It is not possible to be in both places at the same time. This is a lack of research on Fancourt's part, as if he had done his homework correctly, he could have assumed the name of a real Kapyong Veteran.

There is no record of Fancourt ever having served in Malaya. Fancourt did Corps transfer from RAE to RAInf - 3 RAR in July 1955 but was transferred back to Engineers at his own request  here in 1956, as he had been downgraded medically due to foot problems. His duties while in Infantry were as a Motor Cycle Orderly. That is the sum of Infantry service for this so called War Veteran.

Fancourt enlisted in the CMF – in April 1952 but after a few months enlisted in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) for 6 years from August 1952.  He was allocated to the Corps of Engineers and was discharged with the rank of Sapper in August 1958. No overseas service and no promotion during this Regular Army service. Fancourt then enlisted in the CMF in 1959 as a Driver - Ordnance Corps, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.   He then volunteered for CMF (Full Time Duty) in November 1965 as a Driver - Corporal and subsequently was promoted again in 1966 to a Sergeant - Storeman Technical Ordnance. Apart from his tour of duty in Viet Nam 1969/70 with 2 AOD, Fancourt served the rest of his time in Australia. He was discharged in April 1970 at his own request.

His service was not distinguished and he had numerous visits to hospitals and many offence reports, one of which included negligently discharging an F1 Sub-Machine Gun in a storehouse at Vung Tau.report here   The views of his Commanding Officer also in fact, reflect the view that he may have been a malingerer of the highest order throughout his career.  report here

This self claimed hero has presented himself as a war hero who has been in battles, wearing rank which he never attained, and has at times had the audacity to castigate fellow Veterans for their lack of service.  Until recently, Fancourt held a Committee position on the Vietnam Veterans Australia Association of Western Australia, however, was removed from the position after details of his fraudulent wearing of decorations and medals was passed to the organisation. This did not deter Fancourt from leading the Vietnam Veterans March at Bruce Rock, Western Australia on 2nd November 2002 here but notice the hand movement to block his name tag. here

Fancourt's biggest mistake was to show a profile that was not true and to mouth off to Veterans about his so-called exploits.  This is what resulted in questions being asked and what brought about his downfall.  As is, in so many cases of the 'wannabe', it is their own stupid mistakes that get them caught out.

"Details of Fancourt's fantasy stories and wearing of false awards and decorations were becoming common knowledge in the veteran community in Western Australia.  A statement herewas made by a well respected veteran as to Fancourt's claim to have served in the AATTV [Australian Army Training Team Vietnam] as a WO1 in Engineers.  A total fabrication, and once again shows the lengths this wannabe is prepared to go to in an endeavour to embellish his so called war record."  The veteran who made the statement is quite prepared to be interviewed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Fraud squad should they wish to pursue this further.

Fancourt owes the Veteran community an apology for the years that he as masqueraded as a war hero.  Unfortunately, he will have lost the friendship of many of those who believed in his war stories.

Shame on you Wilfred Neil  FANCOURT for the lies you have spread over all these years and for the trust that you have broken with many Veterans. You have now attained the rank of 'WANNABE'.

12 April 2004
The Wilfred Neil Fancourt story above is exceptional due to the fact that he vilified, castigated, and belittled Korea War Veterans who didn’t see the service or danger that he experienced. He saw or experienced nothing in Korea but then joined an RSL stating service with 3RAR Korea as his membership right. Why wasn’t his supposed service checked by the RSL?

Late last year we were contacted by a person from this RSL who was acting as an advocate for Fancourt. This advocate, a well-meaning former Army Officer and Vietnam Veteran, told us that Fancourt had been made aware of his exposure as a wannabe on our site and wanted to know how his details could be removed. He said Fancourt was in tears as he told his story about finding a new partner and wanting to lead a normal life without the stigma of his exposure hanging over him.

The advocate had not read our site story on Fancourt so it was suggested that he do so before proceeding any further with the matter. He was also directed to our front page which clearly states the circumstances under which a wannabe’s details may be removed, he hadn’t read this either.

After a lot of e-mails on inconsequential matters were received and sent, Fancourt finally sent a blanket apology to all people whom he had offended during his posturing as a decorated war veteran, this was handwritten on a duly witnessed statutory declaration. We had insisted on a statutory declaration because of Fancourt’s track record as a liar and actor but we demurred on our earlier demand that the declaration be witnessed by a local Police Officer.

He was also told (asked) to hand over his unearned medals and awards to a responsible person. He relinquished the Korea medals to his RSL President and when doing so, said that he’d misplaced the PUC and the ICB. We sent him out to buy replacements, which he did, and he handed these over as well.

These medals were awarded to one, J. O’Keefe 24842, these details are on the rim of the medals.

It is not up to CPMH to accept apologies on anyone else’s behalf in a situation like this. Fancourt had claimed to be with the Australian Army in Korea, (3RAR), also with the AATTV and SAS in Vietnam so we sent his apology off to four Veteran’s organisations for their responses.

At this point in time we have received denials of apology acceptance from three of the four Veterans groups so in the interest of publishing this update now, we won’t wait for the fourth response which should reach us before the end of April.

It’s receipt will be noted below this update.

We offer our thanks to the Veterans organisations who responded so quickly and responsibly to our enquiries as to the acceptance or denial of Fancourt’s apology.

NB, We do not deal with advocates, we will receive submissions from the person who has been exposed on our website only.

The advocate mentioned above attempted to deflect the issue at hand to a “relatively minor” issue noted in the original exposure. He was informed that no further correspondence from him would be acknowledged and that only mail from Fancourt would receive replies.

His devotion to a friend/fellow RSL member, is noted but maybe he should have made himself more aware of the entire issue before becoming involved.

13th May 2010

This is now the 3rd appearance ofWilfred Neil Fancourt another recidivist wannabe

A genuine Veteran who sullied his service by exaggerating his medals entitlement is at it again. This time in outback Queensland.  The Veterans of Winton were too sharp for Fancourt giving rise to the notion that wannabes receive will no succor anywhere, and particularly not in outback Australia.

Neil Fancourt was enroute from his home in Western Australia to Cairns in Far North Queensland when he arrived in Winton Western Queensland for ANZAC Day.

Fancourt again displayed Korea medals that he did not earn and told silly stories about his service to people he thought he could fool. The good Veterans of Winton were told by Fancourt that he had served two tours of Vietnam and had worked with both Wheatly VC and Payne VC and spent 12 months with the USA forces.

In fact Fancourt was a Group 1 Corporal, Temporary Sergeant, in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and served with 2 Advanced Ordnance Corps Depot located on the “Back Beach” at Vung Tau where his service was less than satisfactory. Fancourt was previously exposed on our web site on 12 April 2004  and obviously he learned nothing from the experience.

The photo shown below was taken on the morning of the 25th April 2010 at the Winton RSL in the period between the Dawn Service and before the daytime parade. Fancourt is photographed still wearing Korea Medals and an Australian Service Medal that he has no entitlement to wear.  

Winton Veterans were able to check our web site on ANZAC morning after the photo was taken. Fancourt was politely requested to wear only the medals he was entitled to wear. Soon after that request, Fancourt removed his medals but stayed on for the ANZAC activities

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Fearn
Christian Names: John David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toorbul
Service: None
Case Notes:

John David Fearn born 8 November 1945 of Toorbul Queensland likes uniforms, he claims Army Service and is a Fireman who often attends Commemorative Ceremonies with a bonny Kilt girding his loins and Tam O'Shanter perched on his noggin with an Army Shirt complete with "Australia" badges on the epaulettes and a Lanyard around his shoulder.

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Fearn the Fireman tells people he is ex Australian Army and that he has been waiting Twenty Five years for his medals. He will also tell you that the delay is due to his "Secret Service" as he was seconded from the Army to Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) for undercover operations in Cambodia, and that the secrecy surrounding the operations in Cambodia must be causing the medals delay. He will then say that because of the secrecy of his secondment to Cambodia, all mention of it would probably be removed from his Army File.

We sent Fearn a polite letter requesting information about his service.

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He advised people at the Fire Station that he had received hate mail (our letter) about wearing a kilt which he says he is perfectly entitled to wear.

If he were genuine he could have simply given us his service details and the matter would be finished, however like all wannabes he huffs and puffs and threatens legal action.

To spin silly yarns about ASIO operations in Cambodia is indicative of the childish naivety of Fearn. Most people are led to believe that Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) would have run such operations, but then again, who really knows?

We are reliably advised that Fearn gets his "nick nacks" like Australia badges Lanyards etc from a small museum at the Returned Services League (RSL) Village at Caboolture Queensland where he is the curator.

Fearn loves to relate his "secret service" to the gullible young blokes at the Toorbul Fire Station and anyone else who will listen.

National Australia Archives have been unable to locate an Army File for Fearn, that together with his stupid "Secret Service" tales, tells us that Fearn is a liar, cheat and wannabe.

We suggest that he cease and desist with his cockamamie claims to have been seconded from the Army to be a secret operative in Cambodia. His claims are lies and he well earns a position on this web site.

Surname: Fenton
Christian Names: Trevor John
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bundanoon
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Trevor John Fenton, President of the Bundanoon NSW Returned Services League (RSL) is another RSL executive who wears “dodgy” medals. Of the ten in his rack there are two self purchased “tin’ medals and two Vietnam Medals that he is not entitled to.  He served for twelve years with the Royal Australian Navy on numerous ships and shore bases



Both Vietnam medals are clearly visible among his rack of ten shown in the photograph.

On the 12 June 2001, Fenton took a claim for DVA benefits to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The full report of that hearing is shown herehttp://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/aat/2001/515.html   the report clearly shows

Fenton’s operational service, see below:

“There is no dispute between the parties and the Tribunal accepts that the applicant served in the Royal Australian Navy from 15 February 1960 to 14 February 1972 and that during this period he rendered operational service as follows:

* 5 January 1961 to 24 January 1961

* 17 February 1961 to 9 March 1961

* 25 March 1961 to 17 April 1961

* 28 February 1962 to 16 March 1962

* 31 May 1965 to 22 June 1965 “

Of the above listed dates the only one relating to Vietnam service is aboard HMAS Vampire for twenty two days in May - June 1965. HMAS Vampire was for a few days deployed on operation “Market Time” a US lead Naval deployment.  Itwas the Navy’s effort to stop troops and supplies from flowing by sea from North Vietnam to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  Ships patrolled up to 160 kilometres off land during this duty. The history of HMAS Vampire clearly shows Vampire never even sighted land during its “Vietnam service”. Vampire rendezvoused with HMAS Sydney in the South China Sea before proceeding on a very short “Market Time” patrol before returning to Australia on the 22 June 1965.

To have earned the two Vietnam medals worn by Fenton  he would have had to have served in ships posted to Vietnam waters for a cumulative period of 181 days.  His actual recorded twenty two days in Vietnam waters would make him eligible for the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal only. He has deliberately purchased the two Vietnam medals he is wearing and is falsely wearing them.

In a newspaper report from his home town, he claims to have completed two tours of Vietnam



The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll, confirms the information from the AAT Tribunal, see below:



The two medals Fenton wears on the right hand side of his rack are also self purchased “tin medals” The second from the left may have been earned during his 1961/1962 service in Malaysian/Borneo waters.  The third from the right may also have been earned during that period.  We are not sure of the identity of the black ribbon in the centre of his rack.

We wrote to Fenton requesting information about his medals, among other matters our letter contained the following information:

“It has been brought to our notice that you wear a total of ten medals on ceremonial occasions and some of the medals may not align with your Navy service. We are also advised that you are the President of an RSL Sub Branch.

We have no opinion one way or the other in these matters and believe that the quickest way to resolve an enquiry is to ask the person concerned, therefore, could you please email to the above address a scanned copy of your Certificate of Service, showing your medal entitlement.”

Fenton chose to ignore our request.  A simple explanation from him would have cleared up the whole matter instantly, however it appears that Fenton is unable to confirm his medal entitlement.

During 2010 we will be targeting RSL executives who blatantly disrespect medals protocol by wearing either “tin” medals or medals they are not entitled to.  The government web site http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/   concisely describes protocols for wearing Australian medals.  All Veterans know what their medal entitlements are and wearing medals they are not entitled to, or wearing self purchased “tin medals” is no more than an exercise to falsely and dishonestly  enhance their profile in the Veteran community.

Falsely wearing campaign medals, as Fenton is doing, is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and attracts penalties of up to $3,300 fines or six months jail or both.

Recently, Anthony Charles Woollett another RSL Director was exposed for wearing false medals. Woollett “fell on his sword” and resigned from his RSL position. We cannot see how the Bindanoon RSL could knowingly allow Fenton, a wannabe, to continue as their President.

31st aug 2010

Trevor John Fenton - Update

Without doubt the worst “Tin” offenders are ex Navy Servicemen and among them, is Trevor John Fenton of Bundanoon New South Wales.

In our original report we corrected Fenton’s Navy History in regard to his claimed two tours of Vietnam, when in fact he had only done one and during that tour his ship remained well off the coast of Vietnam and well out of sight of land.



The above photograph was taken on the 18 August 2010. Notice, that in response to our exposure he has removed the Vietnam Medal and the  Vietnam Campaign Medal that he had no entitlement to wear, but he still wears two self purchased “Tin” medals with his official rack.  The “Tin” medals are:


  1. Commemorative Navy Logistic Support Medal. In addition to that medal, he has replaced the Vietnam medal with the official Logistic Support Medal and thus wearing both to “bulk up” his rack

      2   FESR Association Commemorative Medal.  In addition he also wears clasps to his Australian Active Service Medal and his Australian Service Medal.


Below are the medals he wore before our original exposure.



The fact that the Veterans of the Bundanoon area allow this “Show Pony” to ponce around wearing medals he has no right to wear beggars belief.

The time is right for the Returned Services League (RSL) to confront this RSL President and tell him to cease and desist his childish antics and get himself properly dressed.

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: Ferguson
Christian Names: Edward Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Whyalla
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Edward Francis Ferguson - President Whyalla SA Returned Services League

Edward Francis Ferguson was elected President of the Whyalla Returned and Services League (RSL) with a blaze of publicity and much pomp and ceremony in March 2012.

25th Nov 2012

 Then, after ANZAC Day 2012 a sentence on the Whyalla RSL web site advised of Ferguson’s demise. However with the sudden and unexpected resignation of the new President due to private and health reasons just after Anzac Day.  What happened to Ferguson?



Ferguson has no entitlement to any of the medals he is shown holding in the photograph, not even the National Service Commemorative Medal, because he did not complete his National Service obligation.

Here is the full report relating to Ferguson’s election to RSL President.



Once again the mighty RSL exhibits how impotent and disinterested it is in integrity.  Whyalla RSL is a prime example of the reasons for this incompetency. The Whyalla RSL chose to ignore our requests for information about this matter; we were prepared to show their reasons for voting Ferguson to the position of President.  Because of their reluctance it is not difficult to understand what a bunch of inexperienced “cowboys” they are, more content with swilling beer and self aggrandizement than taking care of the integrity of the RSL.  

The RSL Australia wide, belligerently and underhandedly blocked full participation in RSLs by Korea and Vietnam Veterans. In the years following the Korea and Vietnam War, hundreds of new Ex Service Organisations were created because World War 2 (WW2) Veterans were fearful of losing control. Finally the RSL realized that its membership was decreasing because its WW2 membership were ageing and they had not welcomed new blood from subsequent wars into their ranks. To combat vanishing membership, the RSL watered down its membership criteria.  Any person, even those who have never served in any Defence Force, anywhere, can now participate as Affiliate members with the same membership rights as returned Veterans. Affiliate members cannot be Presidents but they can vote to elect a President.  Currently the membership of the Whyalla RSL as shown on their website, is:


The general malaise in RSL management at Whyalla, reflects what has filtered down from higher echelons.  More and more people who have never pulled on a boot, let alone served in an operational area, are taking control. Extrapolate the Whyalla membership figures and it reflects why the RSLs integrity is all but gone. The fabric of the RSL has always been the bond between those who have been to war. That experience provides a unique common denominator that members of the general public could never understand

Ferguson was a member of the Australian Army for a period of 534 days, however 395 days were spent on Leave Without Pay (LWOP). His effective military service was only 139 days.  Here is a photo of Ferguson on his day of enlistment and two documents from his Service File, clearly showing the whole of his service was spent in Australia.



He was very easy to “catch out” because of a quote from a newspaper article.

During the war Eddie was mainly in Vung Tau and Nui Dat and was sent home when the war finished in 1975.

On ANZAC Day 2012 Ferguson, dressed in an Army Uniform, donned his fake medals and with pomp and ceremony absorbed the euphoric state of being a be-medaled Veteran as he marched through the admiring throng. Had the throng known the real story about Ferguson he would have been pelted with rotten eggs. See below:



Surely there must have been a veteran or two among the minority twenty two Service Members, of the Whyalla, RSL Sub Branch who could see through Ferguson’s deceit.  Every day we uncover anomalies in RSL Executives, either they are complete fakes, or are wearing self purchased commemorative medals, or overseas medals that have not been Government approved.

Is the malaise in the RSL a reflection of a change in values of the Australian way of life? If there is no honour in the RSL there will certainly be none in Suburbia.

Edward Francis Ferguson is a fraud a liar a cheat and a wannabe, Veterans everywhere should keep a watch out for this contemptible, disreputable Wannabe.  If you see him, let us know.

25th Nov 2012

We have received the following contrite apology from Ferguson


The problem with these “heartfelt” apologies is that those concerned are usually not sorry for their actions but sorry that they were caught.

Ferguson had to put a lot of preparation and planning into his subterfuge, he arranged for a uniform and medals to wear, he concocted a story and implemented his plan. It was not a slip of the tongue or a alcohol induced "silly" action

We proceed without fear or favour and have no interest in mitigating circumstances or a "Heart felt apoligy" (sic)

Be a wannabe at your own peril, and get as much pleasure as you can from the experience, because when you are exposed you will get no sympathy from ANZMI or genuine Australian or New Zealand Veterans.

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: Ferrie
Christian Names: Brian Stanley
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: HMAS Cerberus
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

8073946 Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie is a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.  He was born on the 23 June, 1953 and enlisted in the Navy on the 24 April, 1985.

Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie is a fraud, a liar and a wannabe. 

4th Dec 2012

These are qualities certainly unbecoming of a Commissioned Officer of the Australian Defence Force.  Ferrie wore campaign medal ribands on his RAN uniform that he had not earned. 

He is supposed to be a leader but he failed the all important integrity and ethics tests abysmally.


Ferrie is wearing the following medal ribands on his left breast, from left to right starting with the top row;

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75

Vietnam Logistic Service Medal

Australian Active Service Medal 1975

Interfet Medal (East Timor)

Australian Service Medal 1975 (clasp unknown)

Reserve Forces Decoration

Defence Long Service Medal

Australian Defence Medal.

In relation to the medals that he is wearing, LCDR Ferrie has been found guilty of five charges under the DEFENCE ACT 1903 – SECT 80B.

Improper use of service decorations.

(1)   A person is guilty of an offence if-;

a.     The person wears a service decoration; and

b.    The person is not the person on whom the decoration was confirmed.

Ferrie pleaded guilty to all five charges and was awarded:

(i)             A severe reprimand.

(ii)            A fine of 14 days pay.

(iii)           A severe reprimand.

(iv)          A fine of 14 days pay and

(v)           A reprimand.

The Navy closed ranks regarding this matter (as they should because of the embarrassment of revealing the despicable behavior of a Commissioned Officer to the O.Rs (Other Ranks) and the public in general).

However, we found a note in a bottle containing all the information washed up on a deserted beach near the base HMAS Cerberus where his charges were heard.

We weep at the dishonour that Ferrie foists onto the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN) 

The first two ribands relate to the Vietnam War which Australian involvement in that war concluded in 1972.  Ferrie enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in 1985.  We wonder how he expected to get away with that façade of wearing Vietnam ribands for so long.

There are no records available indicating that Ferrie has actually served outside Australia.  We are confident that Ferrie has limited sea time, if any, yet his superiors and peers must have accepted his abhorrent deceptions by ignorance or indifference.

An essential quality to a Defence Commissioned Officer is integrity, ethics and honour.  We can be completely confident that Ferrie would have been trained in proficiency accomplishments in the subjects of “ETHICS AND FRAUD MANDATORY AWARENESS”.  , a standard awareness proficiency required by all Commissioned Officers and reaffirmed regularly.

We can also be confident that Ferrie must have been a dismal failure and that the course was completely wasted on him.  Ferrie was Training and Development Officer organizing courses, however the importance of ethical behavior and high moral standards was insignificant in his own personal behavior. 

Not only did Ferrie wear medals he did not earn, but he also spoke of his false exploits in operational areas to junior sailors at HMAS Penguin and of course told how records relating to that service had been misplaced.

Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson would turn in his grave.  Veterans of Vietnam and Timor as well as servicemen everywhere will shudder and turn their backs on the ignominious behavior of Ferrie.

We wonder at how or when Ferrie initially decided to falsely represent himself as a returned operational serviceman.  Was it an overnight thought, or did he just keep adding unawarded ribands and medals to his “rack” gradually, so that no one would notice.  How could this happen?

This is the first serving Commissioned Officer we have ever recorded on our website and we are sure that rotten apples on board Her Majesties Australian Ships are very few and far between.

LCDR Brian Stanley Ferrie is on our website to stay so that the world will be appraised of his true Navy history and not the false one he has been masquerading around.

Integrity and Honour are necessary for a Navy Officer.  Ferrie lacks both these qualities, and his lies and behavior leave the RAN a poorer place for him having served.

4th Dec 2012

Update Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie

The attempted suppression of the Ferrie affair by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has not worked. We were able to work it out, and the media has picked it up from our web site. A very high percentage of Australian Servicemen and Women, Veterans and ex Servicemen and Women read our web site and appear to have brought pressure to have the matter made public

ANZMI through years of hard work have the confidence of Australian and New Zealand Serving and ex Service community, and the confidence of major Newspapers, Australia and New Zealand wide. We are reliably advised that very senior Defence Officers also monitor our web site.

We would have preferred that Ferrie faced a Courts Martial instead of his offences being heard by his Commanding Officer.  We assume the Navy wanted to dispose of the matter as quietly as possible and forget about it, however, they have misjudged the mood of their Officers and Sailors regarding frauds and wannabes in their midst.

Here is the report that appeared in various newspapers on the 2 December 2012.


Being a fraud, wannabe and liar, is behaviour not compatible with the standards demanded of a senior Navy Commissioned Officer.

Our work is done now it is up to the RAN

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: Fewson
Christian Names: Ronald Bruce
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Beenleigh
Case Notes:

Ronald Bruce FEWSON is involved with the Beenleigh RSL situated just north of the Gold Coast and like a number of other veterans wears un-official commemorative medals with his official medals.

He served in World War 2 with the Royal Australian Air Force, discharged in1949 and enlisted with the  Australian Army and served in the Korean War with 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. Like a number of veterans from all wars, he is not happy with just wearing his official medals on his left breast but has added un-official medals to them.

There are set protocols regarding the wearing of medals official and un-official at the following website.


Unofficial medals

Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

Here are the two un-official medals that Fewson is wearing on the wrong side.

The RSL’s are aware of the protocol of wearing medals but fail to enforce them. It is an insult to the veterans who do the right thing and wear just their official medals and do not like to make them selves look like Christmas trees wearing useless trinkets. Many of the younger veterans are even more disgusted when they see the older veterans piling on trinkets that should be worn on the right breast below next of Kin medals if wearing them. How many medals to do want for one war? Does it make you feel like a big hero with the more trinkets you wear? Be satisfied with what you have been officially awarded.

Ronald Bruce Fewson you together with others from your area can grace our Medal Cheat site.

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

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