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 or airman
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.