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

Surname: Sharply
Christian Names: Shane Christopher
Country: Australia
State or Province: North Queensland
City or Town: Airlie Beach
Service #: 8091392
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

8091392 Shane Christopher Sharply - Airlie Beach RSL Vice President



Sharply is placing his hand over "his" six medals as a mark of respect to those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. The gesture was introduced following WW1 to indicate that the medals the person was wearing, meant nothing compared to the sacrifice of those who were Killed in Action.

Sharply is in fact, offering the supreme insult, because only one of the six medals he is wearing was earned by him, the others are all fake. In addition, below his medal rack he is wearing a fake Unit Citation for Gallantry. Here are the medals he is wearing.


Sharply is a classic wannabe, who conned the Returned and Services League (RSL) at Airlie Beach in Northern Queensland. He claimed to be an ex Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diver. Clearance Divers are the Special Forces of the Navy, and to have served as a Clearance Diver is the equivalent of serving in the Army's Special Air Services Regiment (SASR).

We are reliably advised that Officers of the Airlie Beach RSL were told that Sharply was a fraud in 2012 and did nothing. Even though he was known to be a fraud, the RSL elevated him to the position of Vice President of the Airlie Beach RSL.


When a senior member of the RSL executive was reminded by another member, that Sharply was a fraud he said "It's nothing really, everybody does it".

All from the Arlie Beach RSL, who knew that Sharply was a fraud, and did nothing, should be expelled as they have disparaged the organisation in a manner similar to Sharply covering his medals on the Commemorative occasion.

It took a letter from the RSL National Headquarters to induce the Airlie Beach RSL to take care of the situation.

Even when they acknowledged that Sharply was a fraud their actions are hard to comprehend. Instead of exposing Sharply, and expelling him from the RSL, they determined that Sharply had psychological problems and investigated this hypotheses, at RSL expense, by sending him to a Psychologist in Townsville. They rationalised their action by saying they thought Sharply may be a suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is difficult to comprehend the stupidity of the Airlie Beach RSL in dealing with Sharply, but being stupid is not an uncommon trait with RSL executives.

We draw attention to:

The RSL at Lismore, New South Wales (NSW) where ex Major Andrew Phillip Alexander Johnstone a liar and wannabe is protected by the NSW RSL Far North District Council President, Retired Wing Commander Robert Mowle.

The Southport RSL quite happily support Secretary Mark Tull and Treasurer Sydney "Slim" Boese who both wear "Tin" medals with alacrity.

The Chairman of the Currumbin RSL Ronald Workman, wears self presented medals.

It took a lot of work to convince the Glenroy RSL In Victoria that Lance Smith, their President was a complete fake.

At Leongatha, also in Victoria, RSL President Dr David Edwards was exposed as a fake Veteran, as was a previous President of that RSL.

The RSL at all levels, have so watered down their membership criterion that executives are either blithely ignorant, through lack of experience, or simply don't give a damn. Perhaps they are more interested in the glory of their high position than taking care of integrity and honour.

The leadership of the Arlie Beach RSL knew of the accusations against Sharply, but did nothing except promote him to Vice President, then when they received a letter from RSL National Headquarters in Canberra, they referred Sharply to their Welfare Section who treated Sharply as a welfare case and sent him to a Psychologist in Townsville.

Perhaps Sharply told the Psychologist how he was a damaged person because he failed the Clearance Divers Course in 1992 and his service consisted of being a Leading Seaman Radio Operator.

Most ex Leading Seamen Radio Operators, are proud of their position and service and have not need to add five shiny medals and a Unit Citation to their chest and falsely boast of being a Clearance Diver.

There is no place for Sharply and his ilk in the Veteran Community. If he is still a member of the Airlie Beach RSL we suggest that he be expelled with ignominy, and that those from that RSL who have nurtured and encouraged Sharply through his deceit also be expelled.

Sharply sought fame in society by wearing five false medals and claimed within the community of Airlie Beach to be an ex elite Navy Clearance Diver

He has now achieved fame world wide on our web site, as a lying fraud and a wannabe.

Welcome aboard ex Leading Seaman Radio Operator Shane Christopher Sharply

Surname: Shaw
Christian Names: Bill
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cairns
Case Notes:


Bill Shaw still lives in Cairns where in the 1990s he was a "medalled up", New Zealand Royal Navy  "veteran" and a full member of the Kuranda RSL.  As New Zealand is part of our bailiwick, determining Bill's real service was a snap – particularly because he had none.  During his membership at the Kuranda Returned Services League (RSL) Shaw is described as always being on edge and "jumpy", this state fitted well with his "war caused" emotional state, however, we now know that it was more likely because he was always afraid of being exposed as the wannabe and imposter that he is.







In the photograph, Bill Shaw has been presented with the Republic of Vietnam medal - The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm) - this has been pinned next to the Vietnam Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal by the then President of the Kuranda RSL. The presentation of this medal was organized by the then Secretary of the Kuranda RSL the venerable Dr Barry Owen Wright (See our cases page)

At the time when Dr Barry Owen Wright had the rest of the Kuranda RSL management committee dazzled with his false credentials, there were many who were suspicious, but did nothing.

Edmund Burke the Irish political philosopher said in 1770 "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

The integrity of the veteran community is the business of every ESO committee member  and every ordinary member. Too often we find that had the "Burke principle" been applied in a timely manner exposed wannabes would never have prevailed.

Bill Shaw is a wannabe and one of Barry Owen Wright's  creations from the Kuranda RSL (there are more to come).  Wright is the lying ex education corps officer who rewrote his military and civilian history so that his mundane life as a teacher and   librarian became a kaleidoscope of heroic events and achievements. Whilst secretary of the Kuranda Queensland RSL, Wright encouraged and conspired with others to allow wannabes to fraudulently participate in RSL affairs as veterans.

What is Shaw's real story?

Shaw was never a member of any of the New Zealand forces he is a wannabe riding on the bow waves of dreamed up glory, made possible by the consummate wannabe Barry Owen Wright and his mates, who had control of the Kuranda RSL in the 1990s.

Shaw said he was in the Kiwi Navy attached to an American River Patrol Operation . The official word from our partners across the Tasman Sea is;"No NZ sailors were attached to American River Patrols. It would be part of New Zealand history if they were.  Shaw simply did not serve in any capacity in South Vietnam either with New Zealand or Australian Forces."  To the best of our knowledge he has never pulled on a boot, spliced a mainbrace or cranked a propeller with any military force in his life.

The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm)was awarded to three New Zealand servicemen. Shaw was not one of them.

There were five people with the surname Shaw who served with the New Zealand forces in Vietnam. We have their names and Bill Shaw is not one of them

Bill Shaw has no entitlement to any of the medals he is pictured wearing.  If this person were a "decorated" Navy Veteran, he would be a household name in New Zealand and would be known.

Coached by the infamous Barry Wright, Shaw was obviously "building a case" for a pension with his pretend "night terrors" we believe this bizarre behaviour was setting up witnesses for his "pension" for "post traumatic stress disorder"

Bill Shaw still resides in Cairns, Far North Queensland even though Shaw has not continued his disgraceful charade into recent times he has earned a place on our web site for the eyes of the world for rest of his life. During the 1990s Bill Shaw wore medals he never earned, and he pretended to be a damaged veteran – both disgraceful acts which should never be forgotten by the 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.


Surname: Shea
Christian Names: Angus
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Geelong Area
Service #: Not Known
Service: Not Known
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:




Gus Shea is not a Vietnam Veteran.  

It is common knowledge in the Freshwater Creek - Mount Duneed area of Victoria that he is a Vietnam Veteran. The reason it is common knowledge is because he has told  his friends and associates that he served in Vietnam.   He also told a journalist who included the information in the Geelong Advertiser on the 20th October 2015.

He was featured in an article and here is what he said that is relative to this exposure:


We approached Shea about his claims and here is what he said in an email dated 7 November 15.

Shea refers only to the newspaper article.  He fails to mention his lies about his service to many others over a long period of time. We received an initial report about Shea in June 2015. The newspaper article of October 15 corroborated the evidence we had gathered.

Shea falsely claims to be a Vietnam Veteran. He is not, and therefore has earned a place on our web site.  We hope our exposure will correct the common knowledge in his area so that people will know that he is not a Vietnam Veteran and is in fact a liar and a wannabe

Welcome Angus Shea

Surname: Shortis
Christian Names: Ronald Alan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Tamworth
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:




Ronald Alan Shortis is continually going "broke" after using other people's money to fund business ventures. Such activities are not our business, but when false claims are made about military service to induce people to invest in business ventures, it becomes our business. Shortis has been involved in managing a Fifty year old Sikorsky S62 Helicopter.


Shortis alludes to having been a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilot and also to having been a Colonel in the Australian Defence Force. We believe he steals the honour and credibility that surrounds Defence Force Commissioned ranks as a tactic to raise investment for his business enterprises. Here are examples of him falsely alluding to Defence Service.

Shortis claims to have flown 600 combat missions:

Shortis was employed as a private contractor to fly helicopters for the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government during the civil unrest in Bougainville PNG during the 1990s. He now claims that prior to his PNG employment he served with "The Special Duties Branch" of 9 Squadron RAAF.

Shortis is not known by the 9 Squadron Association and his claim to have served in that unit is a lie.

In a Facebook, entry Shortis wrote to a United Kingdom Major General with the same surname to see if they were related, he claimed to be an ex RAAF Officer.

Shortis was operating his Sikorsky from Geraldton in Western Australia, flying divers to nearby islands. It soon came to the attention of the Australian civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that on one trip Shortis ran out of fuel and also learned that he had a medical condition, so that he was not allowed to fly with passengers. He then had to employ two pilots. The business was then charged by CASA for reckless operation. The business went "bust" and all investors lost their money. The helicopter was purchased by a Geraldton business man and Shortis convinced him to send him and the helicopter to Honduras. As President of this new enterprise Shortis gave himself the title of "Colonel (R)" The "R" stands for retired from the Australian Defence Force.

Here is the signature block used by Shortis for his Honduras business:

This business ceased when Shortis parked the helicopter, removed the engine, and shipped it back to Australia for "repairs". At the same time he tearfully advised his "Honduran" investors that he had to return to Australia to bury his wife. He, the engine and the money disappeared, never to return. Honduran investors then discovered that Shortis had no Australian wife to bury.

Shortis is a "Bumbling" businessman who at one time flew helicopters for the PNG Government as a private contractor. At that time, he would have met RAAF Officers who were posted to PNG. He uses that experience to allude to having served with "The Special Duties Branch" of the RAAF (9 Squadron)he however claims his 9 Squadron service was secret and he has signed the Secrecy Act and can't talk about it. Here is an example of him "not talking about it":

Our job is to protect the integrity of Veterans and ex Servicemen. From now on whenever Shortis's name is entered into a Computer Search engine this report will appear as a warning to those who desire to be dishonest about Defence Service. It should also raise alarm bells for those considering investing with the less than erudite Ronald Shortis.

Surname: Simonsen
Christian Names: Mark Jeffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Branch: Catering
Case Notes:

Mark Jeffrey SIMONSEN, about 54 years old, believed to reside in a suburb of Perth WA, claimed he was an officer with the Corps of Signals. That was never the case.


SIMONSEN made claims that he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Signal Corps and at one time served with the Signals Directorate known as in the Signals Corps as the Snoopy Troop.

After doing some investigation as to whether he was an officer, he was reported to us. We have carried out our own investigations and obtained his service record. SIMONSEN was never an officer as can be seen by his service record, he was a cook.

1204987 Mark Jeffrey SIMONSEN enlisted in the Australian army on 8 January, 1974 and was posted to the Australian Army Catering Corps at Bonegilla on 26 March 1974 and qualified as a cook on 31 July 1974.On 2 August 1974 he was posted to 3 Field Engineer Regiment and posted again on 2 August 1976 to 8/9 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment till his discharge 7 January 1980.

As can be seen from his service record he only held the rank of Private as a Cook for his whole time in the Army. He was admitted and discharged from hospital numerous times and committed a number of military offences as well as civil Criminal Offences.

On 12 October 1978 he was warned by the Commanding officer of 8/9 Battalion that unless his conduct improved it would be recommended that he be discharged from the army.

On 23 May 1979 his medical status was changed to Home Only duties (meaning he could not be posted outside of Australia) as he was unfit for undue stress and was to be reviewed on 23 May 1982.

Over the years he has been telling people that he was a retired 2nd Lieutenant and even signed a document as 2nd LT retired. Only officers who held the rank of Major and above in the Regular Army can put the rank they held on retirement when signing a document.

Mark Jeffrey SIMONSEN you have been over the years, telling lies to a number of people about your service in the army which looking at your service record shows you had a poor record as a soldier as well as self discipline and a lack of respect for authority by the number of offences you have committed.

To add to that, you bragged about being an officer, which is an insult to all retired and serving Officers  in the Australian Defence Force.

Your lies have caught up with you and for that you will grace out web site for the world to see and make no doubt a lot of those people you lied to will know the truth about you, your lack of respect for others, lack of pride in being a member of the Defence Force and most of all your dishonesty.

  20th Jun 2012

On 4 Jun 2011 we put up the case of Mark Jeffrey Simonsen in relation to signing a document as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Signal Corps when in actual fact he was a cook in the Australian Army. After the case appeared on the web site we received some emails from Simonsen as seen below.

To whom it may concern


 I refer to the publication dated the 4 June 2011 that has been placed on your website concerning malicious and vexatious imputations about me.

 Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act, Crimes Act and the Defamation Act, I hereby advise by notice that you are required to remedy this publication with the immediate removal of all material concerning me on your ANZMI website and related linked websites.

 I request that you advise me my return email as to when this has been actioned. In the event that I do not hear from you within a reasonable time frame advising me of this, I will as a result take the matter to the attention of the relevant law enforcement authorities and will also seek further remedy through the courts      

 Yours sincerely

 Mark Simonsen

To whom it may concern

 Re: ANZMI Website- DO NOT IGNORE - Notice to remedy

 I refer to my previous emails to you in regards to my request for you to remedy the publication concerning me on your website, and I am disappointed that you have not extended to me the courtesy of a response to date. My Notice to Remedy emails were sent to you in accordance with the Defamation Act 2005.

 In reference to the person that you have relied upon in supplying information to you, I have been able to identify who this is from the handwriting on the purported statutory declaration that you have published, although you have attempted to conceal their identity, I am able to confirm from the handwriting, that the name of the person in question is ********** *******-. What Mr******* has failed to mention to you is that what he has told you is as result of his malicious and vexatious intentions towards me in regards to the fact that I sued him in the Civil Courts due to him ripping me off for a substantial amount of money as a result of a business dealing. It should also be noted that in these Civil Court proceedings that Mr ****** did not seem to have any qualms in making sworn statements to the Court for the purposes of misleading the Court, and that as a result Mr ****** was "warned" by the Court as to the penalties for contempt of court and perjury, so it comes as no surprise that Mr ----- was prepared to provide you with a misleading statutory declaration.

 It is now my intention to bring an action in the Courts against Mr ----- for defamation and in the process of this I will also file a Subpoena for the relevant bodies to provide information about your organisation including the names and addresses of the persons behind your website. In regards to the previous email notices that I have sent you, I would expect that under the circumstances you would cooperate with me concerning the matters that I have raised, and in regards to this should you decide to further ignore and not respond to me, given my Notice to Remedy to you, then you will leave me no other alternative but to issue proceedings in the Courts for defamation and damages against all parties behind your website.      

 I would strongly suggest that you respond to me at your earliest attention should you wish to avoid legal action

 Yours Sincerely

 Mark Simonsen

To the Webmaster

ANZMI website

 To whom it may concern

 I refer to my previous emails concerning my request to remedy subject information on your website in regards to myself. To date I have not received the courtesy of a response and I would have expected that under the circumstances that there would be a level of transparency in regards to the content that is published on your website, as well as my right of complaint in this regard, considering that you have never spoken to me, and your response in dealing with such complaints

 I have enclosed for your information a copy of the national privacy principles under the Privacy Act 1988 (commonwealth) in respect to individual information.

 I would appreciate if you would respond to me in regards to the concerns that I have raised, rather than ignore me, otherwise I will have no other alternative than to progress the matter further legally.

 Yours sincerely   

  Mark Simonsen

We do not respond to emails like this and you are free to take any action you wish. We will remedy the case by adding the document you signed.

There is one thing we need to correct and that is you signed the document as a Lieutenant not as a 2nd Lieutenant. One thing we will add and maybe the Federal Police maybe interested in this, is the copy of the document you signed you are impersonating an officer of the Defence Force..

Mark Simonsen it took a while to receive a copy of the document as proof of you signing it. Here it is now for the world to see, so you will grace our web page for a long time to come.


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: Simpson
Christian Names: John Hiller
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:
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Jhn Hillier Simpson came to the attention of the Vietnam veteran community in Melbourne over 20 years ago. He told of suffering severe head wounds from a Viet Cong mortar blast that altered his life permanently. As he explained, the Army actually informed his next of kin (NOK) that he was killed in action (KIA) - only to return two days later to advise he was critically wounded. "Simmo" was accepted by the brotherhood of returned ex Vietnam vets because of his typical "problematic" behaviour; - alcoholism, divorce, unemployable and an extremely anti-social attitude. He was shown mateship and comfort - ranging from financial support to overnight and weekend accommodation to ensure he was given a decent feed - the kind of treatment any veteran would offer to a comrade, especially one with a steel plate in his skull from a mortar wound.



 This veteran help still continues for this hero as even after exposure it would appear that some veterans still feel sympathy for him as indicated in his apology letter below

Several veterans banded together and bankrolled their "mate" in a printing business which still operates in metropolitan Melbourne under the blanket of "Vietnam Veterans working in the community" and the business became fully operational with "Simmo" as the figurehead. Numerous R&SL establishments, understandably, contracted their printing needs to a fellow veteran

So accepted into the veteran mainstream, Simpson became a member and later a committee man of the Melbourne R&SL, Duckboard House, and even had business luncheons at the Naval and Military club where he touted for business. He seemed to like rubbing shoulders with the members of this elite establishment and considered joining. Life was progressing well for this "rags to riches ne'er do well".

Telling the odd war story and happily reminiscing of his war service with the 2nd battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, (2RAR) on ANZAC Days and Vietnam Veterans' Days, "Simmo" would proudly wear his Vietnam medals and Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

being the preferred dress for his day out. If you weren't a "crunchie" (an Infantryman) you weren't a real soldier according to this wounded veteran and many a punch up and insults were started by him. Any veteran who was on the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) pension was, in his opinion, a weak bludger who couldn't handle the pace....... and so this was the lifestyle of our fortunate veteran, until his fantasy fell apart recently.

Melbourne R&SL, under the shadow of the state Headquarters, ANZAC House, performed a perfunctory check of its Executive and Committee. Something was not adding up with Mr Simpsons' military past. He certainly did serve in the reserves - the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as it was then known for nine months in 1966/67and was then called up for National Service 1967/68. He served for 12 months and was medically discharged with NO Vietnam or active service.

His entire fraudulent life was exposed and when confronted by an R&SL official he admitted to his bogus past and consequently, is no longer on the committee, or welcome at Duckboard House.

When Simpson's fraudulent past became known, numerous veterans were reviled and furious at being taken in by this manipulating conman. One such person is a very close friend of CPMH, a Vietnam Veteran who devoted countless hours and effort in establishing the printing business for Simpson. This friend was one of the partners in the initiative and at the time said simply, "Did what a vet should do to help out a fellow veteran". He required psychological counselling when he was informed of the true situation. "This bastard has openly let real veterans butter his bread for him and all the while would have been laughing up his sleeve," he said. To this day Simpson is still operating the printing business.

A member of CPMH was approached by four veterans who complained of Simpson's activities. He explained that this site exists solely to expose these types of people to the world. "We have provided the Federal Police with the details of several bogus veterans we have uncovered and reside on these pages but whilst the Federal Police are sympathetic to our cause, The Director of Public Prosecutions, Victoria, considers the prosecution of fake veterans "not in the public interest"

 This is most disappointing as in other Australian states, particularly Queensland we have evidence of guilty findings and fines, trivial as they may be, of $400 and $500 being handed down. The actions of bogus veterans (wearing non awarded medals and purporting to be a returned serviceman) are a Federal crime against the Defence Act".

The problems caused by the fraud of the likes of Simpson's ilk who inveigle themselves into veteran communities are the instances of unknown genuine veterans who appear at vets gatherings and are eyed with suspicion and unease until they can prove their bone fides. This is a very sad state of affairs for the brotherhood of veterans to have to go through.

The actions of Simpson and other bogus "wannabe" veterans are an insult to all veterans of all conflicts. When the topic of suitable punishment is discussed among Vietnam Veterans some of the suggestions are unprintable - but a popular consensus (apart from a very stiff fine and/or imprisonment) shows support for a term of community service in a veterans psychiatric ward so that they can come face to face with veterans still suffering the real horrors of war. If you are a veteran, or a genuine supporter of veterans and feel that the penalties imposed (if any) are too lenient for the offenders (refer back to the above AFP letter) please inform your local VVAA, R&SL or local member to have the penalties increased. CPMH has a poll area on this site. Voice your opinion there, have a look at the suggested penalties and then write your local member, VVAA or R&SL with your views as to what you think the penalties should be.

The general consensus is that this charlatan is still earning an income, trading on the goodwill of genuine  veterans in the business community, from the money invested by veterans to set him up in the printing trade. If he was to have worn a police uniform or had carried a police identification he would have been charged with that offence immediately. In memory of our brothers who did not return from all the world's conflicts alive, should not the same treatment be dealt to those that impersonate us, the veterans of Australia and New Zealand?

EDITORS NOTE: To protect the innocent from very real threats voiced by the types of people exposed on these pages, non-required names and addresses have been removed by CPMH from documents on this 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.

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