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

Surname: Shelley
Christian Names: Tony
Country: Solomon Islands
State or Province: Guadalcanal
City or Town: Solomon Islands
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Ordanance Corps
Commencement of service: November 1995
Completion of service: January 2007
Case Notes:


According to Troy Shelley, he was a multi skilled Special Forces Sergeant participating in missions and deployments to far flung corners of the Earth.



Here is what Shelley has committed to print about his military career.


Notice that he has written "Royal Australian Army Intelligence Corps" If he had ever served in that Corps he would know that there is no "Royal" in that Corp name. It is "Australian Army Intelligence Corps" (AAIC). He was never in the AAIC and he was never a Sergeant of any kind in the Australian Army.

Here are the chilling and dangerous deployments where he infers to have “fought” .


Shelley is not listed on any of the Nominal Rolls of various Army deployments. Of course, the "nature" of his "Special Operations and Intelligence work" could be the reason he has been ommitted from lists of those who served in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda etc. The real reason is that he was never there.

The truth is, that Troy is a liar, cheat and wannabe of a very high calibre. His friends and acquaintances believe that they know a heroic ex Special Forces Sergeant with a cavalier personality. The truth is that he has deceived his friends and lives a “Walter Mitty” life.

Whilst Troy promotes himself as a tough veteran who has “been through the mill” many times over, the truth is that he did serve in the Headquarters of a Special Operations unit, however his duties were that of a Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps clerk and his duties were sedentary. He was an office worker.

We asked Shelley to prove his service and he responded with an image of a security pass. which he claimed proved his special operations service of multiple overseas deployments, but, in fact, all it proved was that he worked at a Headquarters in Australia. Usually, when departing a security establishment, these passes are handed back.

It appears that Shelley may have forgot. In any case, it is very handy for him to convince inexperienced "friends" of his dark past.



We asked Shelley to provide evidence of his service. Three snippets of information were received from him.

Hi XX,
Sorry, as I do not know you and the work I did in the Military with Spec Ops and Intelligence. I am currently not willing to pass that information over.

Hi XX,
Yes I was in intelligence was highly cleared and served time with Head Quarters (sic) Special Operations (now Special Operations Command) May I ask why you are wanting to know my background?

I can also show a declassified version of my Soldier Medallion for Op Pollard for you need some more prove (sic)…. I hope the ID Card is all you need….. I understand and do not wish to have any problems with a fellow digger… Hope you understand.

Here are details about Operation Pollard:

Operation POLLARD

Australia: 15 Feb 1998 – 1 October 2001.

AO: All sea, airspace and land North and West from 5 deg 00 min S 68 deg 00 min E and encompassing the outer boundaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
As tensions grew high between Saddam Hussein and American President Bill Clinton during the simmering Gulf Conflict, the Australian Government was requested to provide military assistance to the United States-led Coalition Force in the Middle East.

Deployed: 1 x B707 Air Refuellers and crews, SAS Squadron, one ADF liaison officer. Total approx 200.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 17 September 2001: Non-warlike Service.
Awards & Qualifying Periods: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ'. Alloted 7 days/ Assigned 30 days.

Shelley may have, as a clerk, sorted some papers or did some typing about Operation Pollard, but he was never deployed to the Middle East or anywhere else at anytime during his service.

Being an Administration Clerk in the Army is a responsible and satisfying job. To be selected requires above average intelligence and an aptitude for that kind of work. Shelley should have been happy and proud of the job that he did in the Army, however it appears that his "Walter Mitty" gene kicked in, and he invented an entire new history for himself.

People who create an exaggerated false military history for themselves, will feel the wrath of the returned veteran community and also the acrimony from friends when they realise that they have been lied to.

Troy Shelley has enjoyed the kudos for many years of heroic false pretence. He can now endure criticism for his behaviour as he resides on this website in the company of hundreds of others of his ilk.

Welcome Troy.

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: Shortis
Christian Names: Christopher Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


Christopher Shortis is an extremist politician with a bent for “Hitler” like rants at public rallies. It appears that Shortis likes to identify himself as "warrior". In a political party he was known as "Lieutenant" and wears medals on his right breast.




At rallies there is quite a bit of clanging as the rack of medals on his right breast jostle about.




It is assumed that the medals are those of a direct deceased relative.   Protocol for wearing medals as a descendant of the original recipient is as follows:


"Allowance is made for family members of a deceased recipient to wear that person's medals on commemorative occasions such as Anzac Day. When worn by others, the usual protocol recommended is that the medals are worn on the right side to show that the wearer is not the original recipient".

Note that protocol directs that relative’s medals may be worn on commemorative occasions. Extremist political rallies are not such occasions and Shortis is grossly insulting traditions and protocols.

Shortis spruiks lots of fighting words in his tirades, but he has never served in the Defence Force. Here is an example of his aggressive rhetoric:


Perhaps Shortis wears the medals to give evidence, to the unwary public that he not only talks about his sweat blood and tears, but is the relative of a sweater, bleeder and weeper.

Fortunately for the Australian public this firebrand has been deprived of his weapons of close destruction, which thankfully leaves him with only mean rhetoric in his armoury.


This entry is a bit out of the ordinary, however we believe that Shortis has well earned a position on this web site for his abuse of protocol and tradition in the wearing of Australian military medals

Surname: Sikhampheng
Christian Names: Anoulak
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Army
Branch: Communications/Signals
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: 03/04/2014
Case Notes:


This is Anoulak Sikhampheng, a former soldier who was medically discharged from service in 2014.

Anoulak Sikhampheng



Sikhampheng served as a Communications Operator and during his service completed Force Preparation Training for Operation ASTUTE (East Timor) but that is it, he has never deployed outside Australia.

Sikhampheng was photographed in Canberra on ANZAC Day 2018 wearing the following awards:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) – No Entitlement

Afghanistan Medal – No Entitlement

Iraq Medal – No Entitlement

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – Entitled

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal & Clasp – No Entitlement

He is also seen wearing the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) but has no entitlement to this award either.


There is no doubt here, Sikhampheng is a medals cheat and valour thief.   Apart from the ADM, he has no entitlement to the service medals he is wearing.    He is committing the following offences:


Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman



Improper use of service decorations

ANZMI is aware that police agencies are taking a greater interest in the reports of ‘wannabes’ on our pages, particularly since the exposure of a number of high profile ‘wannabes’ and the incarceration of others.

Let us hope they take an interest in Anoulak Sikhampheng.

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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