Tull

Surname: Tull
Christian Names: Mark
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Updated 03 Nov 2013

Mark TULL of Southport RSL, Queensland, is wearing three medals-;  the Australian Defence Medal, which he is entitled to wear, and two other medals he is not entitled to wear.  These are the fake Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal and the New South Wales Police Medal. He served only 8 years and not the 10 years required by the NSW Police.

Fake QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal

Official QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal

 

28th Mar 2013

Thanks to one of our readers, a retired New South Wales Police Officer, we have received further information about the NSW Police Service Medal that Tull is wearing on the wrong side that he is no entitlement to wear.

Mark TULL is wearing a device that is worn on three higher medals in the NSW Police. The highest of the three is the Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage.

The NSW Police Service Medal only has a bar on it. All NSW Police medals are State awards and should be worn on the right breast.

On the right breast we assume that TULL is wearing deceased Next of Kin medals from two World Wars, but above those medals he is wearing the New Zealand Compulsory Military Training Medal 1949-58 Commemorative Medal.

Mark TULL,  again you show no respect to either the police officers you served with by placing a device on a medal that you are not entitled to, but on higher awards which in some cases are awarded posthumously to police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Further, you discredit the servicemen who earned those medals in two World Wars by placing an unofficial TIN medal above the recipients of those medals who fought to keep the world free and bring peace to the world. We suggest you remove that medal completely, or if you wish to wear it,  place it where it belongs below those medals.  We also suggest you read up on the protocols of wearing medals.

Update 3 Nov 2013

Over the last few years there have been ructions in Queensland, Returned Services League (RSL). Perhaps this is a harbinger of things to come, as non Veterans, Associates and Affiliates jostle for  control of  RSLs.  Tull has no concept of medals protocol and blithely admits to wearing whatever he wishes, whenever he wishes. When he wrote his ridiculous response to ANZMI (see below) he was a "jostler" seeking high positions in the Southport RSL. He has since been appointed Secretary, of the Southport RSL Sub Branch.

Stupidity succeeds when ignorance and malaise is allowed to prevail. God help the Queensland RSL.

Here is what Tull has to say about featuring on this web site:


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We condemn the membership of the Southport RSL for allowing this medals cheat to be elected to a leadership position. Medals protocol was promulgated by the Queensland RSL during 2012, as follows:

Qld RSL republished a feature in the “Qld RSL News” from the South Australian RSL booklet “The Signal”, written by Keith Harrison, see excerpt below:

“Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn. However if they are worn as the occasion demands, they may be worn on the right breast.

Here is the official policy from the Department of Honours and Awards, Canberra.

“Unofficial medals:

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear,  are also "unofficial". There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

Q14. How do I wear my state awards?

A14. State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the
Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards  are worn on the left breast.”

Despite written policies and protocols, Tull has the audacity to admit, the NSW State Police medal he wears was not awarded to him, and also states that one of the medals he is wearing on his right hand side is a tin medal that belonged to his wife's, mothers New Zealand husband.

Tull is obviously a person who dearly wants to be seen as a much decorated returned Veteran and so wears lots of false bling to give that impression to the unsuspecting public.

Another member of that RSL was appointed as Treasurer and he also appears on our website.

http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=62&sid=373:Boese

ANZMI is a messenger, we have no affiliation with any ex Service, or any other organisation, and we proceed without fear or favour to expose those who thumb their noses at ANZAC traditions that have been put in place by those who have actually gone to war on behalf of this Nation.

In recent times, as ex Service organisations lose their core membership of Veterans,  they also lose their traditions and values, because of people like Tull who thrive on wearing and flaunting unearned "bling".

It behoves the upper echelons of ex Service organizations to ensure that ANZAC traditions and protocols are carefully preserved.


Tull is a self confessed medals cheat, who thumbs his nose at protocols and traditions. He  now holds a senior executive position at the Southport RSL. Although the RSL's integrity is diminishing, ours never will.  Wherever Popinjays like Tull appear,  we will expose them for what they are.

 

UPDATED 4th APRIL 2014

It seems that since our initial exposure of Mark TULL wearing medals that he has no entitlement to, things have happened at the Southport RSL Sub Branch, as explained on their website.

19th March - The elected Secretary Mark Tull resigned from his role as Honorary Secretary after 12 months in the job, and as a Board Member. He has been asked to continue to hold the roles of Membership Officer and Editor of the website and the quarterly newsletter and general volunteer.

subbranch.southportrsl.com.au/good-stuff/new-secretary/

Let us hope that as the Membership Secretary, TULL displays the appropriate level of due diligence, but given his past record as a medal cheat, we can only wonder what will happen. At the very least, one Sub Branch Executive position has been cleared of a medal cheat.

His verbal verbosity knows no bounds it seems, nor will he let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Rather than simply admit he was wrong, TULL decided to launch into an attack on ANZMI via his website in the desperate hope that all of his followers would be hoodwinked into believing his version of the truth.

Since he appeared on our site, Mark TULL has generated considerable correspondence from serving and former Police Officers who have collectively shot holes in his defence as he recorded on his website:

tull.net.au/uncategorized/mark-tull-medals/

It is important that the truth be aired, and clearly Mark TULL is not prepared to do it so we have examined his justification for his actions and the responses by former and serving police officers and no doubt the reader will not be left wondering where the truth really lies.

TULL States:

Now on the left, as they say, ADM is fine, the Queens Golden Jubilee is my commemorative, but I don’t wear it with my dead relations on the right. I was a JP in NSW for 25 years, Ex Copper, NSW Firey, SES, SES, Qld Firey, Coast Guard and Hon. Ranger since I guarded the Queen on her Silver Jubilee visit to Sydney in 1977 when I was a Police Cadet. Love her and respect her. Big deal medal boys….

The FACTS:

Police Cadets DID NOT guard the Queen in 1977 (or ever). Cadets joined the NSW Police between the ages of 15 and 18 years. They were not sworn officers, they were not armed, they had no power of arrest and were merely secretarial staff, learning short hand. They were sometimes allowed to work the switchboard while they practiced their shorthand to achieve speeds of 100 to 120 words a minute. On special occasions they were allowed to work school foot crossings.

Being a JP (Justice of the Peace)in NSW for 25 years is not in itself a significant achievement. What is more concerning is that as a resident of QLD, he should no longer be using his NSW JP status in any way, shape or form. To do so is illegal, so let us hope that the JP title was dropped when he became a resident in Qld.

TULL States:

Now the Police Medal is My dead best mate Paul Quinn, murdered at the Easter Bike races in Bathurst in 1985 and I helped bury him. I bought a copy and wore it (on the left) which they should be on the right, if they are yours because it’s a state issued medal. Quinny was promoted Sergeant posthumously from Con 1/c at his death, and he never made his 10 years, but I reckoned he deserved it. This medal is going to be placed at the National Police Remembrance Wall this year (2013) on the plaque that has Quinny’s name on it when I attend with the Wall to Wall ride with about 1200 other serving and ex coppers. PS, I spent a fair bit of effort with a mate on Sydney radio and the state government a few years ago ensuring the murdering bastard that killed Paul stayed behind bars and was not paroled.

The FACTS:

Of all his verbal diarrhora, this is perhaps the most offensive and insensitive of the comments made by TULL. The fact is that Constable 1/C Quinn was murdered in 1986, not 1985 as stated by TULL. He was not murdered at the Easter Bike races. The correct circumstances of Constable Quinn’s murder are:

‘…Late in the afternoon of 30 March 1986 Constable 1st Class Quinn was involved in the high speed pursuit of a vehicle from South Bathurst towards Perthville. At Perthville the offender Horan lost control of the vehicle and collided with the approach railing of a bridge at the intersection of Bridge Street. The offender then leapt from the vehicle with a .303 rifle and began to fire at the Police who had been chasing him. Constable Quinn was hit in the neck and killed instantly whilst Constable Ian Borland was also seriously wounded in the incident. The offender was shot several times by Police and was later charged with a number of serious offences. Fortunately Constable Borland recovered from his injuries. Constable Quinn was posthumously promoted to Sergeant 3rd Class…’

TULL has used this tragic event to his own ends. Not only has he incorrectly reported the date and circumstances of the incident, he has tried to suggest that he is some sort of ‘white knight’ regarding the NSW Police Medal.

If as he says, he purchased the NSW Police Medal to be "placed at the National Police Remembrance Wall this year (2013) on the plaque that has Quinny’s name on it when I attend with the Wall to Wall ride with about 1200 other serving and ex coppers", WHY, Mr. TULL, DID YOU GET THAT MEDAL COURT MOUNTED WITH YOUR FAKE QE2 MEDAL AND YOUR ADM?

The simple truth is that TULL has been caught out and has tried to use the death of a police hero to cover his tracks. This makes him much more than a medal cheat, he has stolen the valour bestowed upon his ‘best mate’. There is no excuse for this.

The fact is that the late Constable Quinn served for 9 years before his death. While 10 years is the minimum period of service to qualify for the award of the NSW Police Medal, all that would be required for his next of kin to request the issue of the medal. If TULL was such a close friend, perhaps he could have done this on behalf of the family, rather than purchasing a replica medal and wearing it himself.

Furthermore, his comment ‘I spent a fair bit of effort with a mate on Sydney radio and the state government a few years ago ensuring the murdering bastard that killed Paul stayed behind bars and was not paroled’ Well that didn't go well did it Mr. TULL, because Pat Horan the killer was paroled from Long Bay in January 2004 and that was more than a few years ago.

TULL States:

The Eagle device is mine. I just put it on Quinny’s medal with a little bit of thread as it looks funny by itself. I actually did get a commendation when I was in the job, but they didn’t give out eagles or ribbons then. So, this is the story of Mark Tull’s Medals. Pity an anonymous site has now relegated itself to political support in the RSL and for dragging some bloody good men online in a negative way, and with absolutely no way of either rebutting or defending themselves. Never claimed to be anything I am not. Just an Ex Ares type that has been doing his bit in the RSL as a worker for 33 years now.

The FACTS:

Again, TULL has demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of medals and his own entitlement. As was clearly explained in our original exposure, the ‘Eagle Device’ forms part of the current NSW Police Honours & Awards system. He has no entitlement to purchase a replica and place it on a medal it is not intended to be worn on. In fact, if TULL does have a Commissioners Commendation awarded prior to the medallic award being created, all he need do is apply to the NSW Police for the issue of the award after supplying evidence that he did in fact receive a Commissioners Commendation. If however, his ‘commendation’ was awarded by anyone less that the Police Commissioner then he has no right to wear any sort of device, as only those commendations awarded by the Commissioner attract a decoration.

TULL may well believe that his exposure was part of some infighting in the RSL but he is wrong. He came to our attention as a medal cheat, plain and simple.

TULL States:

The badges I wear are all mine, and I am entitled to the National Medal, just never asked a service to nominate me, as I didn’t do 15 years in total with any of them. Might try to bump into the NSW Police Commissioner on the ride to this year and ask him if he could do me a little favour and get the Job to nominate me, as you can’t request it yourself. Probably a hanging offence to wear one you are entitled to but haven’t been presented with…


The FACTS:

No Mr TULL, it is not a hanging offence, but if stupidity was, you might have some explaining to do. We are surprised at the flippant manner in which he dismisses the National Medal, because, in all probability he is entitled to this award given the number of organisations he says he has been involved in. Most of these organisations would qualify a member with aggregate service for the National Medal. TULL’s problem is that he just has not bothered to follow it up - nobodies fault but his own. So Mr. TULL, rather than big noting yourself by trying to bump into the Police Commissioner, why not simply ask the Queensland SES, Fire Brigade or Coast Guard to put your nomination through. All you need do is provide evidence of your aggregate service it’s as simple as that.

Mark TULL is a medal cheat who was caught out and fell on his sword by resigning from the position of Secretary of the Southport RSL Sub Branch. However, he continues to enjoy membership of the RSL and retains some position of importance in the sub branch.

Rather than admitting his mistake and removing the offending medals, TULL has chosen like many cornered ‘wanabees' to come out fighting. In doing so he has demonstrated that our initial exposure was completely correct.

Furthermore, by trying to link his current predicament to the death of a police officer, he has gone to a new low.

His defence on his website does him no credit, it is offensive to serving and retired police officers and should be removed immediately

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Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

 

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