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

Surname: Gray
Christian Names: Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Medical
Case Notes:

Michael Gray of Perth - Previously known as Michael Guthkelch

Michael Gray served in the Australian Regular Army under his birth name, George Michael Guthkelch. 

Since his discharge from the Army in August 1972 he has changed his name to Michael Gray. Gray is a mature man with a responsible job in the Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) sector of the Western Australian Mining Industry. During induction courses for new workers and during OHS lectures at regional industry meetings Gray stands up and declares himself to be a Vietnam Veteran.

 

Gray can lay claim to being an ex Serviceman but he is not a Vietnam Veteran. His military career under the name of Guthkelch was very stinted. He joined the Army in February 1972 and was discharged in October 1972 under Australian Military Regulation AMR 176 (1) (L) “Not suited to be a soldier”.  Here is a document containing the full record of his service and below that is his Interim Discharge Certificate.

 

His entire Military career consisted of basic recruit training, a course at School of Army Health, where he qualified as a Nursing Orderly.  He was never posted to a unit to work as a Nursing Orderly and was subsequently discharged. 

Gray has claimed to have served as a “Medic” in Vietnam with “Special Forces” in 1971 – 1972, that is a lie. He also claims to have been “Badly wounded”, that is also a lie. He never left Australia during his eight months service. It is now very simply to check those falsely claiming to have been wounded in Vietnam, as there is a comprehensive and accurate Vietnam Casualty List at  http://www.thecasualtylist.com/  This list is accurate to a very high degree, it does not list those evacuated for non battle casualty illnesses. Gray/Guthkelch of course, is not on the list.

The only inference of “Special Forces” shown on Gray’s Service Records is that he was admitted to the Medical Centre at Swanbourne WA (The home of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)) for a five day period, in August 1972.

See below part of a Statutory Declaration detailing claims made by Gray.

 

 

We are also reliably advised that Gray claims “he does not wear medals on commemorative occasions because they were stolen from his locker at a job site.”

Michael Gray who served for eight months in the Australian Regular Army has earned a position on our web site where he will stay for the remainder of his life. Oh and by the way, Michael Gray has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903 Part Vll section 89A.  If persons from his locality were to report this information to Gray’s local State Police office and produce the evidence from this web site police would be obliged to proceed with the matter. The penalty for falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran is a fine of up to $3,300 and six months imprisonment or both.  To assist the police the actual charge is shown here:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A

Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

             (1)  A person is guilty of an offence if:

                     (a)  the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and

                     (b)  the representation is false.

Penalty:  30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;

Publicised direct action by law enforcement agencies would be a deterrent to wannabes and therefore decent Veterans are urged to report these matters to both State and Federal Police.

Our statistics show that despite our work, frauds and impostors in the Veteran community are on the increase. With the help of Veterans Australian wide ANZMI is prepared to meet the challenge, and will continue to vigorously investigate and expose those involved

 

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: Gray
Christian Names: Thomas Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Dubbo
Service #: R58653
Service: Navy
Branch: Underwater Control
Commencement of service: 01 Feb 1962
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Thomas (Tom) Joseph Gray is the President of the Dubbo RSL Sub-Branch, and has been for a number of years. Gray has been very proactive in promoting the RSL within the local community, building up membership and increasing public awareness of the sacrifices of our veterans, through numerous public ceremonies, presentations at various schools, and supporting community activities and awards.

Gray has had a long Naval career, seeing service in Malaysia, as part of the Far Eastern Strategic Reserve (FESR), and Vietnam along with other extensive seagoing deployments.

Gray 1

The above photograph was taken at a Remembrance Day service, in 2015 at Dubbo. This is one of a number of photographs taken at various services, all showing Gray wearing the same medals. Gray has been adequately recognised for his service to our country with the eight official medals he was awarded. The last medal (shown below) is quite simply a piece of rubbish, known as the FESR Commemorative Medal.

Gray 2

The FESR Commemorative Medal is best described as ‘an abomination’, being nothing more than an insult to those who have genuinely earned Service medals awarded by their country. This medal can be purchased like a trinket from a market stall, and is just as worthless, not belonging beside official medals.

In wearing this medal, Gray has dishonoured his position as a member of the Sub-Branch executive, dishonoured his fellow Veterans, and devalued the system we have for recognising the service of those before us and in the future.

Thomas Joseph Gray, you are not alone, you have now earned your place amongst the ever-increasing cadre of RSL Sub-Branch executives who thumb their noses at tradition and protocol, seemingly ignored by respective State Headquarters, who continually turn a blind eye to such appalling conduct.

Surname: Griffiths
Christian Names: John Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Keilor East
Service #: 1926452
Service: RAF (UK)
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 1952
Completion of service: 1965
Case Notes:

 

 

 

In the past 18 months we have exposed four Victorian RSL Presidents for embellishing their military service, manufacturing their military service or wearing medals that have not been officially awarded to them.

One in particular had no military service at all. These four have either stood down and/or been ejected from their respective Branches of the Returned Services League, Victoria.

Well unfortunately, here we have number five.

John Malcolm Griffiths, DOB. 12 January, 1936, is the President of the Essendon RSL Sub Branch, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

Griffiths was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) from between 1952 and 1965. In the above photograph he wears four medals. They are from left to right. -;

1. The United Kingdom (UK) Active Service medal. Tin commemorative medal. purchased.
2. The UK General Service Cross. Tin commemorative medal, purchased.
3. The UK Jordan Service medal. Tin commemorative medal, purchased.
4. The UK QE Golden Jubilee medal. Tin commemorative medal, purchased

The Active Service medal above is an unofficial tin commemorative medal that can be purchased from the Internet from medal dealers in the United Kingdom. The cost is 60 pounds sterling. It is intended to signify active service in the British Military.

It is in similar vein to the tin meaningless "Front Line Service" medal (crossed rifles) that can be purchased from an Army Unit Association in Queensland, Australia.

If you have genuine active service, then you would not have to purchase a medal would you, or are we missing something here!

The General Service Cross

The General Service Cross is a tin commemorative medal that is intended to signify those men and women who have given service to Britain and the British Commonwealth during hostilities and in Peacetime and whose service has gone unrecognised. The Medal Dealer site states "By not serving in a war zone and not serving long enough for a Long Service medal many serving members go unrecognised".

This medal can be purchased for 65 pounds sterling.

This medal description flies in the face of the previous medal that Griffiths wears. On the one hand he is wearing an "Active Service medal" and the very next medal he wears is for "Not serving in a war zone." Bit confusing!


The Jordan Service Medal.

The Jordan Service medal above is an unofficial tin "thankyou" medal from King Hussein 1 of Jordan to military personnel who served in and around his Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between 1948 and 1958. It can be purchased for 38 pounds sterling from UK medal dealers.

The QE Golden Jubilee medal above is a tin commemorative medal intended to signify anyone who has served their country in any role during the fifty year reign of Queen Elizabeth 11. It can be purchased for 42 pounds sterling.

It has therefore cost John Malcolm Griffiths 205 pounds sterling or $367.00 Australian dollars to parade around in his purchased medals on Anzac Day and other official ceremonies.

It is quite apparent that Griffiths has no entitlements to any officially awarded medals for his RAF service. If he did, he would wear them.

However, in order to impress those at the Essendon RSL Club who elected him as their President, he has purchased 4 tin commemorative medals from the UK and worn them on the left side, to signify to his colleagues that he is a genuine veteran of the Royal Air Force. If you have to pretend to be a veteran, then you do not have the credibility to be a President of an RSL Sub Branch.

Commemorative and other unofficial medals should be worn on the right side. There are strict protocols from the office of the Governor General in respect to these matters.

We contacted Griffiths, who like other medal cheats and imposters, claimed that he was ill and could not remember his active service details. He informed us that he was entitled to wear all his medals, but he could not remember where or when he was officially awarded with them or what they were awarded for because it was so long ago. He then threatened us with legal action and warned us "to be very careful what we do!"

He could have just told us the truth.

Griffiths should stand down as the President of this Club. As a President, he is expected to uphold the proud traditions and protocols of the Australian RSL. He should be leading by example and cease being a medals cheat and imposter.

If he does not stand down, he should be shown the door.

If you had to buy the medals, you did not earn them. Simple as that!

We advise all RSL Sub Branches, particularly those in Victoria to audit their members on a regular basis to ensure that they comply with proper protocols. If the Committees and Secretaries decline this task, they are condoning the behaviour.

In the last edition of the Victorian RSL Mufti newsletter, Major General David McLachlan, AM, State President of the Victorian Branch of the RSL, stated that stringent new rules had been introduced whereby proper probity checks would be investigated to ensure that those holding executive positions of RSL Sub Branches and Memorial Clubs were in fact entitled to wear the medals pinned to their chests.

The RSL dictum of "The price of freedom is eternal vigilence" is certainly treated in an apathetic fashion at the Essendon RSL Sub Branch and at least the other four Victorian RSL Sub Branches that we know of, where we have exposed fraudulent RSL Presidents.

Anzmi will continue to support the efforts of Major General David McLachlan AM, and continue to locate and weed out all medal cheats, imposters and wannabees from all Ex Service Organisations in all States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand.

Surname: Grundy
Christian Names: Trent Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lavington
Service #: 844197
Service: Army
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Jun 03
Completion of service: Feb 06
Case Notes:

 

 

So here we have Trent Gregory Grundy, the universal soldier extraordinaire. Nine overseas tours with the Australian Army to East Timor, Iraq, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. Some, while he was a member of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, others with our old favourite - 'Special Forces'. And to add to his obvious multiple military skills, he also claims to have been an armourer!

During one of his tours of Afghanistan Grundy apparently killed a 3 year old local girl. This and his extensive operational experience has left him with PTSD. Of the 12 men in his 'unit', he is the only one left alive, the others having committed suicide. Trent seems to have loved his army service and was only discharged as he could no longer continue because of injuries he sustained in an IED explosion, presumably in Afghanistan. But as well as being a trained and experienced killer, Trent balances things out by claiming to have been sent to Phuket, Thailand, following the tsunami of 26 December 2004.

You would think that given Grundy's military credentials he would be weighed down with medals on his left breast. But alas, there are none! Trent tells anyone who will listen that this is because he was never on any deployment for the 30 days needed to satisfy eligibility for awards.

Quite a story and we are puzzled as to why TV and movie producers are not beating a path to Trent Grundy's door to sign him up for the next blockbuster movie or Logie winning mini-series. But that would be a difficult thing to accomplish as at the time this exposure was prepared, Trent Gregory Grundy was cooling his heels in a NSW correctional facility. Which seems to have been a big fall from grace for super-trooper Grundy, the man of the moment when it comes to the crunch.

So how did Trent find himself a guest of the NSW Government instead of walking the red carpet? Well, apparently back in January 2016, a very cider-fortified Grundy, decided to send 32 texts in 34 minutes (that's got to be some sort of record?) to his ex-partner and the new man in her life. And apparently instead of these messages wishing both people the compliments of the festive season, the language used was just a bit more picturesque and sinister. Grundy not only threatened the former partner and her new man but also this gent's daughter! Trent, that doesn't really sound like 'warrior' behaviour to us!

As you would assume, the police paid Trent a visit and he soon found himself standing before a magistrate on charges relating to the 32 menacing text messages he had sent. Oh, evidence was also given to the Albury Local Court that Grundy had been additionally charged with breaching Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) against his former partner 4 times since 2012. Seems our friend just didn't get the message that it was over!

When Grundy appeared in the Albury Local Court on 11 January 2016, where the charges were briefly mentioned, his tales of military daring-do were provided to the court. We are not sure if the magistrate was impressed enough by this but bail was refused and he was eventually sentenced to prison in February 2016.

But I suppose when we look at Trent Grundy's exemplary service to his country's military we could all rightly think that this the poor bloke has been hard done by. Killing children, mates committing suicide, dealing with tsunami victims, blown up by an IED and finally crashing to the devastating PTSD. Give him a break!

By now, dear readers, you have probably guessed what comes next. Yes, the stories Grundy has told to many people, including a magistrate in a court of law, are just figments of his overly active imagination.

Trent Gregory Grundy, Australian Army ID number 8442197 joined up in June 2003. Following initial and corps training he found himself a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), a vital component of the army but not a fighting arm and certainly not any kind of 'special force'. Trent seems to have languished in the RAAOC until February 2006, when the army decided he would no longer be retained as it was 'not in the service's interests'. In other words, Grundy was kicked out of the Australian Army. He was not even eligible to receive the Australian Defence Medal, awarded for satisfactorily completing the term of enlistment.

The stories in themselves, might seem ridiculous, humorous and frustrating but within the context they were used in court, there is an element of possible illegality. In recent years here at ANZMI we have seen a growing number of persons appearing before courts on criminal charges, offering up stories of exemplary military service, usually to be taken into consideration in sentencing or the granting of bail. While it is not our job to tell the courts, prosecutors and defence lawyers how to do their job, it seems to us that evidence of this kind needs to be examined and tested before being accepted.

 

Surname: Gwilliam
Christian Names: Dallas
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Dallas Gwilliam aka Dallas Waddari Gwilliam aka Wadari Wirijanara 

 

“Lieutenant” Dallas Gwilliam is evil. He has caused ruin, and harm to undeserving people.

He is skilled at deception, and a liar. Much of his evil “doings” are based around his false claim to be a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Veteran and “on call” for further missions.

Gwilliam has been arrested, and is currently on bail, awaiting trial for despicable acts of fraud against vulnerable people. At the appropriate time we will publish a great deal of information about his crimes. Of course at this time they are only allegations and a court will adjudicate appropriately, however, we have adjudicated regarding his claims to be an SASR Veteran and without reservation find him guilty of being a fraud a liar a wannabe and in breach of the Defence Act 1903. 

 

It is apparent from his actions in the photograph that Gwilliam does not know that Australian Officers and Soldiers never salute without a hat and his salute is nothing like an Australian Army salute.

Gwilliam has no Service Record and has never served with the Australian Defence Force. In the above photograph he is shown wearing the rank of a 2nd Lieutenant and wearing two medals. The photo together with information shown in the statement below, provides prima facie evidence of offences against the Defence Act.   By claiming to be a returned Veteran and by wearing the medals Gwilliam has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Part VII, Sections 80A and 80B.

80A.    Falsely representing to be returned soldier.  

80B.    Improper use of service decorations 

The maximum penalty for each of these offences is fines of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Gwilliam came to our attention in December 2009 when a Veteran from Mullumbimby, New South Wales (NSW) reported that he suspected a person named Lieutenant Waddery Gwilliam was fraudulently passing himself off as a damaged SASR veteran. The report included the following information.

“The other day  was introduced to this guy who claimed to be a Rwandan Veteran, he said his name was Lt Dallas Gwilliams and he served on the 3rd contingent in 1993, he did his basic training at Kapooka then was posted to 4RAR Commandos from there.

I told him he was lying, he tried to put together a pretty lame story to cover himself, didn't know dates, places etc, claims he has PTSD.

Anyway he has used the story to gain accommodation on a property of some people and is not paying the rent, They would like to know for sure if anyone has served with him and if he is a Rwandan Veteran. Maybe someone knows him, he claimed an element of secrecy. If he is legitimate will apologise of course.

This guy claimed to be SAS and did a tour in Rwanda prior to the advance party arriving, I served on the first tour and was never aware of advance parties of SAS securing the area hopefully he has not claimed off DVA etc.”

On commencing an investigation in 2009, we found that Gwilliam had disappeared from Mullumbimby NSW and we were unable to discover his new location.

In October 2010 we again received a report through Veterans networks that Gwilliam had been arrested and was incarcerated awaiting court action.

Gwilliam has falsely claimed to be a damaged  Veteran of the Australian Defence Force and has used that ploy to get money and hurt people. At a later time we may also be able to detail how he has falsely claimed Aboriginality to commit frauds against the Aboriginal community.

THE VETERAN COMMUNITY NEEDS TO NAIL THIS IMMORAL FRAUDSTER AND  LIAR SO THAT HIS FACE AND NAME IS RECOGNISED WHEREVER HE TRAVELS.

WE URGENTLY SEEK FURTHER PHOTOGRAPHS OF GWILLIAM AND INFORMATION FROM OTHER PEOPLE THAT HE HAS DEFRAUDED.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES AS THE GWILLIAM SAGA UNFOLDS.

6th Aug 2012

 Dallas Gwilliam aka Dallas Waddari Gwilliam aka Wadari Wirijanara 

Following our initial report and an intensive police investigation the history of Dallas Gwilliam is now before New South Wales (NSW) Courts system. Gwilliam used the Defence Force as a vehicle for his alleged deception against vulnerable women.

 

We will provide a further update when the NSW Justice System decides whether Gwilliam is innocent or guilty.

28th Mar 2013

Dallas Gwilliams aka Wadari Wiriyanjara -  The Magic Man has lost his mojo and his freedom.

Gwilliams has been sentenced to eight years jail for his crimes whilst pretending to be a globe trotting super soldier and spy. 

We are pleased to have been involved in Gwilliam’s demise and incarceration.

Here is the Newspaper report of his sentencing:

Gwilliams has no military history and no Aboriginal heritage, he is a worthless liar, cheat and wannabe.

As he has already served around two years he may soon be paroled.  We ask our readers to keep a watch for this man, so he can never again be in a position to bring discredit to the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Community.

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.

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