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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
United Nations INTERIM FORCE (UNFIL)
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 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
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.
P.J.Lawrence" (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.
Boulter is one of the worst of the worst. He is a "Big wheel” in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek. He has been involved in local Government for
many years and has been admired as a Returned Veteran.
These are the medals he is wearing:
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)Not entitled
Korea Medal Not entitled
United Nations Korea Service Medal Not entitled
General Service Medal (Clasp Malaysia) Not entitled and worn in the wrong place
Australian Service Medal (Clasp PNG) Not entitled
Australia Defence Medal - Unlikely to be entitled
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Unlikely to be entitled
Papua New Guinea Independence Medal 1975. Entitlement unknown
Papua New Guinea Anniversary of Independence 1975 - 1985 - Entitlement unknown
Most of his medals are false.
We have a Statutory Declaration detailing what Boulter has said about his service:
"he has stood up stated his name number and rank with the Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (PNGVR) Korea," He further said:
"no there were only 4 or 5 of us that volunteered and we made our way up to Malaysia and worked with the Australians. I asked who were you attached to? his reply was. We just joined in with the Australian units and then went to Korea. He states he was in the Battle of Kapyong, He wears Korean medals/Malayan and PNG medals, I asked who issued the Australian medals he straight away said the Australian Government. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll as being a Korea Veteran. When asked about this he stated it's because he was PNGVR and not registered with the Australian Army."
Boulter was born in July 1935. He could not have been serving with Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (PNGVR) "before making his way to Malaysia" as he would have been only Fifteen years of age and could not have enlisted in PNGVR . In any case PNGVR was disbanded after WW2 and reformed in March 1951. So at Fifteen years of age Boulter would have to joined PNGVR in March 1951, then did some fighting with Australian units in Malaysia before arriving in Korea to fight in the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951 one month later, aged Fifteen years.
He also said that "PNGVR personnel were not registered with the Australian Army" PNGVR was, and until again disbanded in 1973, a unit of the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) and very much part of the Australian Army, Order of Battle. . It was disbanded in 1973 as a lead up to PNG Independence in 1975.
What Boulter says is simply "hogwash" and deceitful lies, these cheats are always way behind Australian Veterans and ANZMI in splicing their lies into actual military facts and history.
The writer had the pleasure of speaking to Boulter on the phone on the 31 January 2017.
Boulter was asked "what years he had served in PNGVR". He hummed and hawed and then said "from late 1968 to 1972 when he returned to Australia". He went back to PNG in 1975 when he claimed to again serve in PNGVR. The problem is that PNGVR was disbanded in 1973. What he said, completely disproves his service in Malaysia and Korea and proves the medals he wears are false. We have been advised that Boulter is listed with the PNGVR Association as having served with PNGVR, however they were unable to advise dates of service.
Over the years he has received much kudos from the falsehood that he is a Returned Serviceman who served in war zones in Malaysia and Korea and wears all the medals to prove it. Claiming to have been present at the famous Korea Battle of Kapyong where the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment brought great credit to the ANZAC spirit through their tenacious fighting is indeed an immoral act. Here is an official Australian War Memorial excerpt:
"3 RAR lost 32 killed in action. Along with its Canadian, British, New Zealand and United States allies, 3 RAR managed to hold the advancing Chinese divisions in the Kapyong River valley for 24 hours, allowing United Nations forces further south to shore up a defensive line. It then successfully conducted a fighting withdrawal to extricate itself from encirclement and rejoin its parent brigade, exemplifying the discipline, courage and skill required to succeed in its mission. For their courageous actions, both 3 RAR and 2nd PPCLI were awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation by the United States Government."
He has his name on the Tennant Creek Returned Services League (RSL) Honour Board. He is listed in the second row, fourth from the bottom. We anticipate the Tennant Creek RSL will remove him from their prestigious Honour Board.
Boulter was never in Korea and his persona in Tennant Creek for the past 30 years has been a complete sham. Because of his explanation of "making his way to Malaysia and working with the Australians" it is a sure certainty that he never served anywhere near an Australian Army unit in Malaysia or Korea.
There is a definitive Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll that lists all servicemen who served with Australian units in Korea. Boulter is not listed.
A few years ago Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Police charged Mr Jooitson "Dutchy" Van Asson for falsely wearing Defence medals. He was found guilty and fined $1,000 and given a twenty four month good behaviour bond. See here: https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/list/alpha/v
Boulter has committed the same offence of falsely claiming to be a returned serviceman and wearing false medals. We have advised the Tennant Creek Police and will let events unfold.
See the Defence Act 1903 Section VII, Parts 80A and 80B.
80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor orairman
80B. Improper use of service decorations
Boulter has had thirty years of false fame as a returned Serviceman. Doubt that he will enjoy his richly deserved future days as his Resume has turned very sour.
Welcome to the Hall of Shame William Charles (Tony) Boulter, you have used your false military service to gain favour in the Tennant Creek community and deserve your infamy.
Elwin Evans is British and now resides in Manitoba, Canada. He claims to have been attached to the Australian Army and fought in Vietnam. See what he said in the caption under this photograph.
Although Evans is a long way from home his lies and dishonour have not escaped the world wide web of Veterans.
Evans did not serve in Vietnam with Australian 2 Squadron, Special Air Service (2 SAS Sqn)
2 SAS Sqn were never involved in a pitched battle with 1600 enemy soldiers.
Here are the real facts about SAS operations in Vietnam:
SAS Operations - South Vietnam
580 SAS soldiers served in South Vietnam. There were 298 contacts with the enemy, inflicting 492 kills, 106 possible kills, 47 wounded, 10 possibly wounded and 11 taken as prisoners. 5366 enemy were sighted in 801 separate sightings. The Australia and New Zealand casualties were one(1) killed in action, one(1) died of wounds, one(1) killed in a grenade accident, two(2) accidentally shot on patrol, one(1) missing on a hot rope extraction and one(1) died of illness.
Australian SAS are an elite unit, consisting of expertly trained soldiers, who since 1957 have achieved outstanding results in all that they have done.
Notice in this photograph, that the first medal Evans is wearing is a Military Cross (MC). It is, like everything else about Evans, a fake. At the time he would have been awarded that medal, it was only awarded to Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers. In addition, had it ever been awarded it would be promulgated in the London Gazette. He is not listed in that definitive publication.
Evans will not be strutting his war hero persona for quite a while. Since the newspaper article appeared he has been sentence to six years imprisonment, for manufacturing automatic weapons for Canadian Organised Crime. See the reports here:
Here is another photograph where Evans mixes with other genuine uniformed people:
Many who read the newspaper report about Evans being a Vietnam war hero would have believed it. He is no more than a disgusting fraud, liar and wannabe and now a convicted criminal who should be shunned by society and particularly ex service organisations.
A Canadian friend of ANZMI has described him as follows:
"This dude is filthy lying sack of $#** who has worn a pseudo-uniform adorned with bull$#** insignia and spews tales of his adventures in SE Asia for a most appreciative but gullible audience!"
Our world wide readership will now be aware that, no matter where they are, any person making false claims about Australian service will be exposed and spend the rest of time on our web site, in the same manner as Elwin Evans.
Richard John Robinson hales from Boulder in the Gold Fields of Western Australia.
Robinson was a National Serviceman who claims he served in Vietnam, hence the array of six medals.
The photograph is a bit "blurry" but we believe he is wearing:
Australian Active Service Medal - Not entitled, was never on active service.
Vietnam Medal - Not entitled never served in Vietnam
National Medal - Entitled for work with Fire Brigade
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Entitled
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Not entitled never served in Vietnam.
For many years Robinson has been spinning his Vietnam yarns around the Gold Fields. From the quality of what he says most veterans realize that he is a liar, cheat and wannabe, however generally, citizens of the area believe he is a returned Serviceman, which he is not.
To prove his "story" he claims in the local paper that he met a now deceased Gold Fields man in Saigon whilst serving in Vietnam. There is no evidence in any official government nominal rolls to show that either Robinson or the person he has named ever served in Vietnam.
The newspaper article is of poor quality, but here is what was said:
"Long time friend Rich Robinson will be attending todays shoot to honour his mate who he first met in Saigon whilst on National Service. He was on leave and someone said there is a guy from Kalgoorlie over there."Robinson said he came over and introduced himself and we spoke for a while. One day I walked into the Boulder ex Servicemens Club and there he was. We have been mates ever since.""
We sent Robinson a letter requesting information about his service. We have not received a reply.
"Mr Richard John Robinson 9 May 2016
Boulder WA 6432Dear Mr RobinsonOur organisation works on behalf of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.We have been advised that you are a well known Vietnam Veteran, however we have been unable to find any evidence of your service.We have no leanings one way or the other and therefore thought it best to ask you direct to advise about your service. This matter will be easily resolved on receipt of details from you.Please respond to the above email address before the 17th May 2016.Should you not answer we will proceed without your input.Sincerely
Robinson claims service with Army Small Ships, these ships worked in Vietnam waters and also carried supplies from Australia to Vietnam. See detailed information here:
We made and enquiry to 32 Small Ship Squadron Association and below is the reply we received.
Thank you for your enquiry. We have no record of Richard John Robinson as having served in 32 Small Ship Squadron or Vietnam.
I hope you nail him if he is an impostor (he is the second person you have identified who has claimed to have served in 32 and Vietnam).
All the best,
We will advise the Boulder police that Robinson is illegally wearing Defence medals which is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and has a maximum penalty of a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both. Throughout Australia, State Police have successfully prosecuted many wannabes under this legislation
We ask Gold Fields Veterans to keep a watch for Robinson on commemorative occasions and if seen, tell him to remove the Vietnam medals and depart the event.
We however, are pleased to welcome Robinson to our website as another liar, cheat and wannabe. The ex Service community is very large and wide spread, if you are faking your military service it is most likely that you will be noticed and end up with Robinson and the hundreds of other guests reposing on our website.
Frank Woolfe served for 8 years in the Australian Army in the Royal Australian Engineers. (RAE). At the completion of his service, he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal for his 8 years service. (ADM)
He is currently a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia (SES) at Port Augusta.
Woolfe’s Face Book page has numerous photographs of himself in SES and Coast Guard uniforms wearing medals and ribbons. He likes to be photographed in uniform.
In the above photograph, Woolfe wears on the left side the -;
1. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal. Tin commemorative.
In what appears to be an escalating problem for the State Emergency Service in South Australia, Woolfe has acquired the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal and added it to his ADM., on the left side.
He has also acquired the unofficial ribbon that accompanied this medal and attached that to his one genuine ribbon. (below)
The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal is an unofficial tin commemorative medal. It can be purchased on line for 58 Australian dollars on eBay or from a Medal Dealer. Woolfe has spent an additional 60 Australian Dollars to have the tin medal court mounted with his DFM., to add that extra bit of glamour to his uniform.
The medal is not recognised by the Australian Government at It’s an Honour for Australian awards.
If worn, it should be placed on the right side with other commemorative medals and not added to or mixed with genuinely awarded National medals worn on the left.
The South Australia State Emergency Service Dress Code states the following -;
EMBELLISHMENT AND INSIGNIA.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS.
Decorations and Medals and medal ribbons may be worn on Service Dress, shirts or dress uniform on the left breast immediately above any fitted pocket. Medal and award ribbons are worn with service dress, with the wearing of actual medals reserved for official or ceremonial occasions. Medals/awards not recognised by the Australian Award Medal Schedule will be worn on the right side above pocket.[/b]
Woolfe is a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia. He is blatantly disregarding his own Service Medals Wearing Protocols, to make his medal array more attractive. He sets a bad example for the younger members of the SES.
He has been contacted regarding his inappropriate wearing of the medal. His reply was that if it is good enough for the Chief Officer of the SASES (South Australia State Emergency Service) to wear it on the left side, then it is good enough for me. We have that comment in writing.
Woolfe is a disrespectful wannabe and a medal cheat. He disrespects Honours and Awards in wearing a tin trinket. He also disrespects all those current and former military service personnel, who have earned the right to wear National awarded medals on the left side the hard way.
Our message is simple to South Australia State Emergency Service personnel. If you wear unofficial tin medals on your left side, there is a very good chance you will see your photograph in uniform with tin medals on this website.
As an aside, and in response to Woolfe’s claim that the Chief Officer, SASES wears the identical tin trinket on the left side, we have viewed numerous photographs and videos of Chris Beattie, Chief Officer, SASES. In each photograph, he does not wear this medal or ribbon.
Woolfe is a self confessed medal cheat. He also distorts the truth when it suits him.
It is obvious that Mr Chris Beattie needs to have a serious chat with him.
Credibility - Make up your own mind!!
Michael French was born in Hobart on the 15 September, 1948. He is a resident of Circular Head, a small town in North West Tasmania. French is a Medals Cheat.
In the above photograph, taken in August, 2016, French is wearing the following medals -;
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 – 1975, (AASM 45-75) clasp Vietnam. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (VM) Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Entitled.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (VCM) Entitled.
5. Regular Force Service Medal. Tin junk medal, purchased.
6. Army Service Medal. Tin junk medal, purchased.
French enlisted in the Australian Army as a regular soldier in 1968. Following completion of his recruit training he was posted to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. Following Corps training, French was posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 9 July, 1970 with 104 Signals Squadron. He returned to Australia on the 1 May, 1971.
As a result of his service, he was appropriately awarded the above AASM 45-75 clasp Vietnam, VM, ADM and VCM. The same as everyone else who served for six months or more in Vietnam.
However, French, for his own egotistical reasons, has decided to purchase two extra medals and have them court mounted with his original medals. The court mounting would have also cost French about $200.00.
The last two medals are tin worthless trinkets that should not be worn on the left side with genuine awarded medals. They are purchased adornments that have no standing whatsoever for military service in the Australian Defence Force.
They are -;
1. Regular Force Service Medal. Purchase price. $70.00. (RSM Awards)
2. Army Service Medal. Purchase Price $140.00.(English Tie and Medal Company)
These Medal Manufacturers make a lot of money plying their trade and selling tin medals to gullible and vain Australians who like to increase their rack for no other reason than to impress people.
Non ex-service individuals would have no idea that French wears two tin purchased medals on his impressive rack.
We say to Mr. French, you have been amply rewarded for your respected military service. Get rid of the tin.