Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'H'
"Jock" Hunter is originally from the United Kingdom (UK) and is now a resident of Australia and member of the Sandgate Returned and Services League (RSL), Queensland Australia. Before ANZAC Day 2014, he visited the UK. On ANZAC 2014 Day at Sandgate it was noticed that he had sprouted lots of colourful medals on his Jacket.
We assume that Hunter, who served in the Royal Air Force decided to buy a heap of junk medals whilst in the UK, so that he could appear to be a person with considerable Military experience.
The medals he is wearing are:
1. General Service Medal (GSM)
2. Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
3. Cold War Victory Medal - Unofficial Medal
4. British Forces Germany Medal - Unofficial Medal
5. Could be the Cadet Forces First Aid Medal - Unofficial Medal
Because of privacy legislation in the UK we are unable to establish whether Hunter has earned the GSM or is eligible to wear the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. We do however know that the other three medals he is wearing, are self purchased junk that must not be worn with genuine medals on the left side, either in the UK or in Australia.
We asked Hunter to explain the reason he was wearing the unofficial Medals and also requested that he confirm his entitlement to wear the GSM and Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal however he deigned to ignore us.
It was obviously Hunter's intention to be seen as a be-meddled UK war veteran at the Sandgate RSL. We have the pleasure of expanding Hunter's audience to include the whole world, and hope he enjoys the experience.
Ian Trevor Hutchinson
The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is an elite unit in the Australian Defence Force. Wannabes in droves claim affiliation with this famous unit, most of them have never been anywhere near the home of SASR at Campbell Barracks Swanbourne in Western Australia.
Recently a very cunning wannabe was exposed having talked his way through the checks and balances to became a fully fledged member of the SAS Association and to some extent participated in unit “activities”. We can only conclude that if a smooth talking conman and wannabe can talk his way into the heart of the SASR, a professional seeking ‘who knows what kind of information, could also do it very easily. Ian Hutchinson looked like an ex SAS Trooper, dressed like an ex SAS Trooper and almost talked like an ex SAS Trooper.
In addition to medals, Hutchinson is wearing the SAS Sandy Beret with SAS Badge together with an SAS Tie, Lapel badge and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB). Hutchinson is entitled to wear the medals but has not entitlement to the SAS accoutrements or the ICB
Hutchinson served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and in Vietnam spent most of his time as a Private soldier in 1st Australian Field Hospital. Here are details of his Vietnam service as shown on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll.
Hutchinson started his deceit in the mid 1990s, when he made himself known to other younger SAS Troopers and ingratiated himself by doing favours for them and with slick talk convinced them that he served as an SAS Patrol Commander in Vietnam:
In 1997, some serving soldiers from SAS went fishing and caught a few crayfish. They called in to the local pub and asked if they could cook the crayfish on the hotel BBQ. Initially they were told 'No', but one of the blokes noticed the hotel manager had a chain with the SAS winged dagger on it. XXXXXX introduced himself as being a serving member of SAS and the manager introduced himself as Ian Hutchinson G Troop, 2 Sqn SAS Vietnam. They got their crays cooked and had a few beers with who they thought was an ex SAS Vietnam Patrol Commander. No one suspected anything until Sept 2009 when he was uncovered as a fraud. It is believed he has even lied to his wife. She often attended and enjoyed SAS related functions with him.
Hutchinson had some knowledge about SAS because in 1971 as a member of the Medical Corps he attended and failed the SAS selection course.
During the years he was pretending to be an ex SAS Trooper he usually marched with the SAS Regiment on ANZAC Day and illegally wore the coveted SAS Sandy Beret. He last marched on ANZAC Day 2009. We have cropped this photo of him confidently swaggering along among genuine ex SAS personnel.
Hutchinson was hoist on his own petard when he had the temerity to agree to give a lecture within SAS, on jungle warfare as an SAS Patrol Commander in Vietnam. Because he had never been a Patrol Commander his audience could see through his charade.
In September 2009 as a result of his failed lecture, Hutchinson’s record of service was checked for the first time since he began associating with SAS members and as a result his reputation went from hero to zero when it was discovered he was a fraud and a wannabe
Hutchinson deliberately ingratiated himself with serving SAS soldiers, he hooked them on a fishing trip using the bait of an SAS Winged Dagger badge hanging around his neck, then for years mercilessly and without conscience deceived those who thought he was their friend.
Hutchinson is a shameful person who will remain on this web site for the remainder of his life. In the light of current political threats to Australia we urge the SAS Association to carry out an audit of its current members and take more care with future Association applications
4 Jul 2010
Update Ian Trevor Hutchinson
Our entry of the 4 Feb 2010 pointed out "In light of current political threats to Australia we urge the SAS Association to carry out an audit of its current members and take more care with future Association Applications".
On the 25 June 2010 the following appeared in the Australian Newspaper in Western Australia.
The others mentioned in the article are Liddelow and Meally both were posted as support staff to the SASR and both were caught wearing the Sandy Beret which they are not entitled to wear. We believe Liddelow is a committee member and at one time held the position of Vice President of the Association and is being strongly supported by a faction of the SAS Association.
New information has been received, to show that Hutchinson was sacked from the Army on the 6th September 1973 just Twenty Three days after he was found guilty of Forge and Utter charges by a civilian court on the 14 August 1973.
In addition we have located documentary evidence proving that Hutchinson failed the Special Air Service Regiment selection course in February 1973 and was returned to his unit.
The document gives proof of Hutchinsons dishonesty long before he was exposed as a liar a cheat and a Wannabe by ANZMI.
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.
Ray Hutchinson is a doyen of the Dimboola RSL. The locals heap him with praise for his charitable work over many years, but Hutchinson cannot be happy as he is hiding the secret that he is a fraud, liar and wannabe. He must have been forever waiting for a tap on the shoulder. We are now happy to tap his shoulder and relieve him of any further anxiety of being caught.
Notice in the photograph that Hutchinson, by his uniform, purports to be a decorated ex Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Sergeant. He is wearing:
Military Medal (MM)This is awarded to for 'acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire'. Hutchinson has never been awarded this medal and wearing it is an act of unforgivable disrespect.
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - Genuine medal
General Service Medal (GSM). He falsely claims this for service in Borneo
Vietnam Medal (VM) - Genuine medal
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) - Genuine medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Genuine medal
Front Line Medal.- Self purchased tin junk.
SASR Beret and hat badge- No entitlement to wear
Infantry Combat Badge- No entitlement to wear
Regiment shoulder lanyard. Wearing Royal Australian Engineer Corps or previous 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment shoulder lanyard. - If he purports to be ex SASR he should wear a Garter Blue lanyard on his left shoulder.
Parachute wings These are not SASR parachute wings and are incorrectly positioned.
Here are SASR Parachute wings:
On Polyester shirts they are positioned centrally on the sleeve seven centimeters from the shoulder.
Hutchinsonstarted his military career at Army Apprentice School as part of the 11th Intake where he was an Apprentice Bricklayer. He failed to graduate and transferred to the Regular Army.
See the media report where he extolled his "war service"
Hutchinsonhas lied to the newspaper.
He did not complete two tours of Vietnam.
He did not serve as part of Australian forces in Borneo and Malaya.
He did not "see action" with 2 Squadron SAS in 1966-67.
He was not an intelligence sergeant in 1967-68
In Vietnam he completed one routine tour as a Bombardier (Corporal) in an Artillery Unit.
We contacted Hutchinson on the Dimboola RSL Secretary's phone. When asked where he earned his Military Medal, he said "I didn't" when asked why he wears an SASR Beret he said "Someone gave it to him". When advised he had no entitlement to wear the medal and the beret his retort was "I know".
Hutchinsonhas big noted himself in the township of Dimboola for many years. He has now been comprehensively caught as a fraud and a liar who grossly exaggerated his service in Vietnam.
Veterans will not tolerate those who "gild" their service to increase prestige, be assured the kudos derived in a small town from falsely claiming to have served with the elite SASR is comprehensively outweighed by the disrespect generated for being a liar and a fraud.
In every community in every settlement or town throughout Australia there are people who have served, or have loved ones who have served in the Defence Force. These people are aware of ANZMI and any person making false claims about Defence Service will eventually be recognised and reported to us.
Be a wannabe at your own peril.
We welcome the "big noter" Raymond Hutchinson to our website to mingle with the hundreds who have gone before him.