Applebee

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Applebee
Christian Names: Raymond George
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Chewton near Castlemaine
Service #: 34813
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 12 May 47
Completion of service: 16 Aug 49
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Raymond Applebee was born on the 7 August, 1929. He enlisted in the RAN in 1947. He had two years and three months service and was discharged as an Able Seaman in August, 1949. He had no active service in that period.

Applebee is a medals cheat. He wears medals that he has not earned and tin medals that he has purchased over the internet or at Medals Shops.

He claims to have earned all the medals that he wears.

Below is an article that appeared in the Castlemaine Midland Express following Remembrance Day on the 11 November, 2013.

 

 

The above photograph is not very clear, however we have established that Applebee is wearing the following medals.

From right to left,

The Cold War Victory Medal. Tin unofficial medal puchased. No entitlement.

The Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.

RAN Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. no entitlement.

Australian Cadet Forces Medal 1999. (15 years service) no entitlement.

Cadet Forces Medal Imperial (12 years service) entitled.

Victoria Police Long Service medal. entitled.

He has advised us that he is entitled to and also wears the following two medals. As they cannot be identified on his "rack" we can only assume that they are the two medals hidden behind his coat lapel in the photograph above.

National Medal. Probably entitled. Not listed on It's an Honour, Canberra.

NSW Marine Service Rescue Medal. Commemorative medal.

Local veterans and ex servicemen have been concerned for some time that Applebee had not been officially awarded medals that he displays on his left side. They were suspicious that Applebee was not the person he made himself out to be. In the above article, Applebee claimed that he was a Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and wore the eight medals on his left side whilst giving an address at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Castlemaine.

Following the publication of the above article, locals notified us that Applebee was never a Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and queried his medals entitlement.

We then made inquiries and ascertained the true history of Applebee's Australian Naval service which is indicated above. He served for two years and was discharged as an Able Seaman. (1947 - 1949)

We then contacted Applebee and invited him to provide us with evidence regarding his claimed rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and his medal entitlements as published in the Midland Express.

He then replied inter alia that -;

Rank of LCDR -

Not having read the text content at the time, I was honestly unaware of the wording. However I did briefly see the photograph, and perhaps should have been more attentive to the content at the time of publication.

Applebee claims that he saw his photograph in the Midland Express but stated,
"I did not read the text and should have been more attentive at the time of publication."

Applebee would have been aware of his published rank in the article but did nothing to correct it. The journalist would have no other way of knowing his rank unless told or implied by Applebee.

Following our contact with him in September 2014, requesting information regarding his claimed rank in the article, he then states that he contacted the newspaper and asked them to correct the article. This was almost 12 months later and only after our contact with him. He had carried on with his false persona for that entire period.

Applebee claims he joined the Royal Australian Naval Reserves on the 13 November, 1953 as an Able Seaman and states that he left on the 26 June, 1973, almost twenty years later, still as an Able Seaman. We are unable to locate any records of his Reserve Force Service at the National Australia Archive Records. We have also requested verification from Applebee of this Reserve Force service but to date, he has not responded.

He informed us that he joined the Australian Sea Cadet Corps (ASCC) on the 30 June, 1957 as an adult trainer and resigned on the 5 February, 1981.

During this time he progressed from Petty Officer , Training, to Lieutenant and then to Lieutenant Commander (Cadets).

Applebee also claimed on his RSL application form that he had "Merchant Navy service" as well as "Naval Reserve Force service". He did not have either.

Merchant Navy service, as opposed to Merchant Marine service indicates war like service. We have confirmed that Applebee has had no Merchant Navy operational war like service and this claim is false.

Applebee further claims entitlement to the Cold War Victory medal with two clasps "Freeworld Forces and Reserve Forces". He also informed us that he has a certificate for this medal and that the number on the certificate matches the number on his medal. There is no significance in this statement at all. It all means nothing.

This is a tin medal available from medal dealers in the United Kingdom and France. The medal is advertised for 75 pounds sterling, the two clasps are 25 pounds sterling each, and if you want a worthless certificate to accompany the worthless medal and clasps, then that is advertised for a further 10 pounds sterling. So all up, the entire package would cost 165 pounds sterling to purchase from a website titled Federation Des Combattants Allies en Europe. Below is an example of the last medal on his rack.

Example of Cold War Victory medal with clasps.


He is also not entitled to the Australian Cadet Force Services medal. This medal was created in 1999 and is the successor to the British Cadets Forces Medal (Imperial) that ceased to be issued in Australia in 1974. The Australian Medal was formally established on the 15 December, 1999. The Australian Cadet Forces Service medal recognises 15 years long and distinguished service and was backdated to 1974 when the original Imperial Cadet Medal ceased to be issued.

Applebee resigned from the the Cadets in 1981. Therefore he only had 7 years service from 1974 to 1981 that would qualify him for the later issued Australian Cadet Force Services Medal, and not the 15 years required. He would know that he is not entitled to this award, yet he wears it. (Below)


He is entitled to the Cadet Forces Imperial Medal (12 years service prior to 1974). (Below)

The NSW Marine Rescue Service medal is a State commemorative medal and should be worn on the right hand side. He has added this to his rack to impress others.
Applebee is a committee member of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch. He is listed as their Chaplain.

As the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch Chaplain, he should display more honesty in himself and not wear tin medals that he has no entitlement to, and pretend to be someone that he is not. Also, as his rank is not Lieutenant Commander RAN retired, but a Sea Cadet Officer position, he has no entitlement to use that rank in public life.

During this investigation we contacted the President of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Mr Ernest Plumridge on three occasions requesting his assistance regarding Applebee's claims respecting his rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and also the questionable medals he wears. As the President , Plumridge should be aware of all military entitlements of his committee members. If he is not, then it behoves him to check. That is his job. If he is apathetic to this key responsibility of his position, then he should stand down. Plumridge declined to answer any of our requests and would probably like the matter to be swept under the carpet.

We were later contacted by the Secretary of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Bob Miller, who informed us inter alia that -;

"Regarding his medals, again we have viewed original documents and an abundance of supporting evidence relating to Mr. Applebee's claimed service in various organisations regarding his medal entitlements. We have no doubt as to the authenticity of that area.

Although being qualified in entitlement, he has recently become aware that the "Cold War Victory medal" should be classified as "non official", contrary to his former belief, and is therefore now removed from the group"

We then contacted Mr Bob Miller and invited him to provide copies of documentation that he states "left himself and the executive in no doubt as to the legitimacy of Applebee's medal entitlements", including his Reserve Force claims. A simple request.

We were particularly interested in his answer as to how Applebee was awarded the Cold War Victory Medal with two clasps, as this is a purchased tin medal.

Also, as there is no record of Applebee performing 20 years Royal Australian Navy Reserve Service or his being awarded the RANR Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, we are intrigued as to what documents must have been produced and accepted by the Secretary to satisfy the executive and himself of this service. He could not have produced a Certificate of Service, he had none!

Mr Bob Miller on behalf of the executive committee, failed to answer any of the questions we asked.

Raymond George Applebee is a medals cheat and a wannabee who should know better. He should apologise to all his fellow members at the Castlemaine RSL for his misleading and improper behaviour.

We also have on site the following Salvation Army personnel.
Anzmi.net/index Nancarrow.
Anzmi.net/index Delamores.

The Salvation Army are a marvellous organisation that support our defence personnel. Their administrators need to ensure that their individual representatives fully comply with Australian medals protocols in the same manner that other former and current servicemen/women are required to do.

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