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

Surname: Laing
Christian Names: Raymond John
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Smithfield
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Raymond John Laing -  Tatooed Special Air Service Trooper and Special Car Salesman.

Raymond John Laing, without his shirt on, looks like a beaten up old warrior, he has a “Kalashnikov bullet wound” just a little North of his heart; a ”bayonet wound to his fullsome belly” and a ”beaten up” left shoulder as a result of being wounded whilst serving with the elite Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam in 1969 – 1970.

9th Jan 2013




Laing runs a rundown car yard at Smithfield, Fifteen minutes drive north of Cairns Queensland (Qld). Most citizens have negative thoughts about the honesty of Used Car Salesmen. Laing exhibits nothing to dispel that impression and we assume he lies about his Used Cars as heartily as he does about his “War History”.  Since July 12 Laing has told three separate people that he served in Vietnam with the SASR.

The first person to be suspicious about Laing reported the following:

“This fella has a bad injury on his left shoulder (that he claims he got in Vietnam) and a large wound on his stomach (also a Vietnam wound from a bayonet just before he emptied a clip into him) he also has a fresh looking sas tattoo on his right arm. I am guessing he concocted his stories because of his injuries. But feel free to call him and decide for yourself”.

Laing is always willing talk of his “Service” and flash his wounds and his SAS Tattoo. He even allows people to photograph his Tattoo, see below.

We checked the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Vietnam Nominal Roll and found that Laing is not listed.

Laing claimed to have been in Vietnam in 1969 – 1970, we asked various SASR Veterans who served in Vietnam at that time and he was not known.

We checked the very accurate Vietnam Casualty list - http://www.thecasualtylist.com/ - He was not listed.

We sought a Service Record from National Australia Archives (NAA) through the Freedom of Information (FOI) system and received the following reply:

“Thank you for your enquiry regarding Raymond John Laing

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 an army record for this individual.

Kind Regards”,


The second person to visit Laing, provided the following Statutory Declaration. Details of the author the Statutory Declaration have been erased.


The third visitor, during a conversation with Laing at his Car Yard, said to Laing that he had heard that Laing was a Veteran. Laing quickly responded that he served in Vietnam with SASR and was severely wounded. He readily agreed to being photographed and seemed pleased to have the SASR Tattoo on his right arm photographed.

If you are thinking of buying a Used Car in the Cairns Qld area and you find yourself at the company shown below, enter and ask Laing to show you his war wound scars and  SASR Tattoo. We don’t know whether he lies about his used cars but you can tell when he is lying because his lips are moving.


There is no record of Raymond John Laing ever serving with the Australian Defence Force, simply put; he is a disgusting liar, fraud and wannabe of the worst kind. He is not exaggerating his Defence Service, because he has none at all. he is an ultimate wannabe riding on the back of genuine Vietnam Veterans, many of whom still suffer from their service.  

In commerce they say that any publicity is good publicity well let’s hope that Raymond John Laing and South East Auto Loans benefits from this publicity, which will stay on our web site long after Lying Laing and his Used Car Yard have disappeared.

9th Jan 2013

Update Raymond John Laing of Smithfield, Cairns Qld

In our exposure of Laing, we included a business sign attached to the fence of his Used Car Yard. See below.



As well as being a military fraud, liar and wannabe, it appears Laing is not afraid to misrepresent his business name.

We have received an email from a business man demanding we remove his sign from our web site.

“To whom it may concern

I was browsing your website and noticed a reference to my company, South East Auto Loans. We are not based in cairns nor have any other offices except our head office in slacks creek,  someone has copied our company name and 2 references from our website and used their own phone number. I am requesting you to remove my company name, South East Auto Loans from your website and also the photograph which contains our name immediately. 

The fraudulent sign gives further evidence of the depth of Laing’s crooked activities. We have no intention of removing the photograph of the sign.  It has been on the fence, in public view for as long as Laing has been conducting business.  We suggest that the real owner of the business shown on the sign, take legal action against Laing to illustrate to him that fraud and crime is bad for business.

Laing is in every way morally bankrupt.

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: Laing
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Murrary Bridge
Service: Australian Army Reserves
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:



David Laing was the President of the Murray Bridge, Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch.


Whilst officiating at the Sub Branch he wore three peacetime Defence medals as shown above. The medals are:

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)
Australian Cadets Medal (ACM)

Laing is entitled to wear only the ADM and the ACM, he was never involved with National Service, and was wearing the medal illegally.

Despite his initial dishonesty, when he was exposed, he gallantly "fell on his sword" and penned the following email:


As is the case with Laing, being a medals cheat can very much disrupt your world. Veterans and ex service persons, all over Australia are on watch for offenders, and will submit reports

Simply put, it is not worth it.

Laing resigned as the President of the Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch. He is now eligible to be President of the Wannabe Sub Branch on this webs site.

Surname: Lambert
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Albury
Service #: U/K
Service: National Service
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: 1953
Completion of service: 1953
Case Notes:




Gordon Lambert was a former National Serviceman serving his 3 months compulsory Army training in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps. He is a member of the Albury Wodonga National Servicemen's Association.

His President, John Bauerle recently featured on this site for setting a bad example to his members by wearing tin medal ribands. Unfortunately Lambert has worn the same tin medal ribands as his President and continues to wear a purchased tin medal.

The below mentioned photograph is Lambert wearing the same three tin medal ribands as his President John Bauerle on his left side.

They are -;

From left to right -;

1. An unofficial purchased tin medal riband denoting National Service.
2. An unofficial purchased tin Conscripts medal riband.
3. An unofficial (CMF) Citizens Military Forces/Reserve Forces tin medal riband.

These ribands are purchased on the internet or Medal Shops.

In a more recent photo below, Lambert is wearing two genuine issued medals but has still increased his rack by one third in continuing to wear the tin purchased CMF/Reserve Forces medal.

He wears the RAAOC (Ordnance Corps) and RAASC (Service Corps) hat badges on his National Servicemen's beret.

The above court mounted medals are from left to right -;

The ADM, Australian Defence Force Medal. Entitled.
The Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951-1972 Entitled.
The CMF/Reserve Forces Medal. Tin purchased medal. Not entitled.

These misdemeanors may seem minor and it gives us no pleasure in exposing former National Servicemen like Bauerle, Burzacott and Lambert as medal cheats.

The National Servicemens Association of Australia however need to enforce proper medal wearing protocols in all of their Branches to ensure that their reputation is not tarnished by a few. Particularly those holding executive positions.

Why they need to display unofficial purchased tin on official occasions is a mystery.

We get dozens of reports of members of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia increasing their genuinely awarded medals by wearing unofficial purchased medals.

If you have the need to purchase commemorative medals/ribands, they should be worn on the right, below genuine next of kin medals.


Surname: Lamming
Christian Names: Raymond Leslie
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

It’s official, Ray Lamming of South Australia is a “Tosser”. 



As a representative of Vietnam Veterans at a South Australian, Australian Rules football match on ANZAC Day 2012, Ray Lamming was called upon to “toss the coin”. Unfortunately, to do the job, he deigned to wear a self purchased “Tin Vietnam Medal”.

Lamming has five legitimate Defence Medals, but has chosen to claim six, having foolishly added a self purchased “Tin” medal to his rack. 

The offending medal was 'invented' for gullible Veterans who attended a Vietnam Veterans Parade in Launceston, Tasmania, and is affectionately known as "the Battle of Launceston Medal." It is an abomination, and serves only to boost egos by fooling the general public into thinking a person has more medals than they have earned. Here is the offending "Tin" trinket.



South Australia has always been the “Tin” capital of Australia, because a “Shonky” Medals Dealer named “Colonel” Barry Presgrave, who at one time held the position of President of the South Australia National Servicemen’s association, convinced his members to purchase “Tin” medals from him.

Raymond Lamming is a genuine Infantry Combat, Vietnam Veteran who was wounded in action at Grid Reference 435585 in Long Dien, on 8 February 1968 and we applaud his service, however despite his contribution in Vietnam, because he now chooses to wear the self purchased “Tin” medal in celebration of the "Battle of Launceston",  he is eligible to be featured on this web site.

Our promise – Wear “Tin” and we will feature you on our web 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 private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Larcombe
Christian Names: Ronald Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Minyip
Service #: 4718397
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: 1968
Case Notes:




Ronald Barry Larcombe is another Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) cheat.



Larcombe is clearly wearing the RVCM medal. It is this the one on the far right.  Eligibility to wear the RVCM is detailed in  this  official notification on the Australian Government, Department of Honours and Awards website.

Larcombe served for only One Hundred and Sixty Nine days and was not returned to Australia as a Casualty.

In September 2015 Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal released the following thirty page report. 

"Report of the enquiry into feasibility of amending the eligibility criteria for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal"

The full report can be accessed here: 


The enquiry was convened follow many submissions from organisations and individuals desiring that  the One Hundred and Eighty One day criterion be changed.

The report concluded that there will be no change to the requirements:

Pages Fifteen to Eighteen of the Report contain names of organisations and individuals who partitioned the enquiry to amend the criterion.  Mr R B Larcombe's name appears twice as a person who made submissions.

Because of his involvement in the enquiry it is obvious that Larcombe has been fullt aware that he did not earn the RVCM and was knowingly wearing it illegally.

He has committed an offence  against the Defence Act 1903 Section VII part 80B.

Perhaps the Minyip Police may chose to take action against Larcombe.

It is not only individuals who have erred in regard to this medal.  In the early 1970s Central Army Records Office (CARO)  started issuing the RVCM to all Army personal who had the other Vietnam Medal. During the mail out, the mistake was realised and the issue curtailed.  There are many ex Army people wearing the RVCM after incorrectly receiving it from CARO.  These people are knowingly illegally wearing the medal even though they may have received it from CARO.

The Navy made a complete hash of it, they issued thousands of RVCMs to those who served on the Vietnam Gun Line. This involved a rotation of ships serving in Vietnam for around a seven month period.  As the ships were constantly departing Vietnam Waters for repairs and  other contingencies in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines, none of the crews served the aggregate of One Hundred and Eighty One days in Vietnam waters. Thousands of Navy Veterans wrongly wear the RVCM,  knowing full well that they are medals cheats, but until the Navy finds the courage to correct the matter the charade will continue.

We don't believe Larcombe was one of those from the  CARO bungle, but even if he was, because of his involvement in the Honours and Awards Tribunal, he  knows that he is a medals cheat, because he did not serve the required One Hundred and Eighty One days.

We suggest to Larcombe that he remove the self purchased fake and be satisfied with the other four medals that he has earned.

Welcome to our first "Minyipian" to our web site,  Ronald Barry Larcombe of Minyip in Victoria.



Surname: Lawrence
Christian Names: Philip J
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW & QLD
City or Town: Port Macquarie NSW and Toowoomba Qld
Service #: 226926
Service: Army
Branch: Australian Army Catering Corp
Commencement of service: 1978
Completion of service: 17 Aug 81
Case Notes:



Philip J Lawrence is the worst kind of Wannabe. He decided to elevate himself from the mundane, but respected Army occupation of Cook, to that of a person who completed heroic service in various areas of conflict.

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LawrenceP 2 2017 04 08

Here is what he said in a Facebook entry to support the authenticity of the medals he wears:

"I was in S/E ASIA, Middle East and Africa in the late 70's early 80's. Was with Intel Op (Intelligence Operations). Done time in 8/9, 5/7 and 4 over different periods. Can't say much more." (The reference above to 8/9, 5/7 and 4 means Infantry Battalions in the Royal Australian Regiment.)

Below is a close up of the medals displayed on his Facebook account that he wore to the Laurieton NSW RSL on Remembrance Day 2016 and to a meeting at the RSL on 22 Jan 2017.

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The first medal riband is for the Medal of Gallantry.

Medal of Gallantry (MG) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It recognises acts of gallantry in action in hazardous
circumstances. The MG was introduced on 15 January 1991, replacing the Imperial equivalent. It is ranked third in the Gallantry Decorations in the Australia.
Recipients of the Medal of Gallantry are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "MG". Since its inception 55 awards have been made.

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If you look at Lawrence's rack of medals you will notice that this "dill" has mounted the Medal of Gallantry riband upside down, in that the "V" shapes point down instead of up.

Lawrence also wears the:

Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) and the coveted Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

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Had he been a genuine returned Veteran he would have known that the RASB is never worn when medals or ribands are worn. It is presented to Returned Service people for wearing with civilian attire when medals are not appropriate.

The ICB requires the following service:

Who is entitled to wear the ICB?

Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who, in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for, at least, 90 days to an operational area and
subsequently awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.

Lawrence has never served as an Infantry Soldier or been in any operational areas and is not entitled to either Badge.

The other fake medals are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
United Nations Advance in Cambodia (UNAMIC)
United Nations Truce Supervision organisation (UNSTO)
United Nations Transitional Group (UNTAG)

His actual service was for around three years. He was trained as, and worked as a Cook in the Australian Army Catering Corps. On 17 August 1981 he was discharged for misconduct. His rank on discharge was Private Soldier. Here is his Discharge Certificate:

Lawrence Dischargecert

Lawrence joined the good men at the Laurieton NSW Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). He completed the usual Application for Membership and was accepted, until on Remembrance Day 2016, and again at a Meeting on 22 January 2017 he wore "his" medals to the RSL.  On the 19 February 2017 this resulted in a written request to Lawrence for an explanation of an apparent anomaly. Here is the email:

"To Mr. PJ Lawerence, (sic)
On checking your enlistment and discharge information provided on your application for service membership to Laurieton RSL Sub Branch it is noticed that your length of service does not agree with the service ribbons you displayed on your jacket at the monthly meeting on 22nd January 2017, nor does it agree with the medals you wore on Remembrance Day 2016.

State Branch have advised that it is the Sub Branch responsibility to investigate if you have other service in the military forces not disclosed which would clarify the above abnormality. Please advise by return email or visit/phone 65566166 on Thursday morning between 0900hrs to 1200 hrs."

On 20 February 2017 the Laurieton RSL received the following email from Lawrence:

"From: Phil Lawrence [mailto:
Sent: Monday, 20 February 2017 10:35 AM
To: Laurieton RSL
Subject: Re: annual return of member details 2016

Dear Sir,

This email is to inform you that after several incidents at the L.U.S.C. I would appreciate that my membership of the Laurieton RSL Sub Branch be made null and void. I have destroyed my membership card for the RSL Sub Branch along with my membership card for the L.U.S.C. I am returning home to my family in Queensland as I no longer have employment in NSW.
(Note: L.U.S.C. refers to the Laurieton United Services Club)

After intensive investigation ANZMI contacted Lawrence to get his side of the allegations. After two phone calls he fell on his sword and admitted to his deception, he gave no explanation for his audacious behaviour, but did say that he was ready to submit to whatever legal action that may follow.

Lawrence has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903, Part VII, Sections 80A and 80B.

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations.

Both these offence carry maximum penalties of $3,300 fines or six months imprisonment or both. Many Wannabes have been dealt with by State Magistrates Courts in relation to these offences.

The Port Macquarie State Police were notified and expressed interest in the matter. Should charges be laid we will update this entry.

We have been working with Australian and New Zealand Veterans, State Police Forces, Media and the general public for many years, and can assure Wannabes that persons indulging in Veteran related fraud will most likely to be reported to us, and if appropriate given maximum exposure of this website and through various agencies.

Lawrence's offence is very serious. He had the audacity to wear the third highest Australian Bravery Award along with seven other false medals and two false badges, when in fact he served as a Cook and was never deployed overseas to any area of conflict.

He has been given prime space on this website and will remain ensconced so that his posterity will know the true nature of his Defence Service.

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