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Surname: O'Regan
Christian Names: Rodney Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Hillville
Service #: 297697
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Rodney Stephen O'Regan OAM is not a dill, and yet he acts like one. In Vietnam he served with the much admired "Tunnel Rats" of 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers and then completed many years service in the NSW Police Force where he retired as a Senior Sergeant with a Valour Award.

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The medals he is wearing are:

Member of Order of Australia Medal - Federal Medal
NSW Police Medal of Valour - State Medal
Australian Active Service Medal - Defence Medal
Vietnam Medal - Defence Medal
National Police Medal - Federal Medal
National Medal - Federal Medal
Australian Defence Medal - Defence Medal
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Defence Medal. Entitlement unknown
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Defence Medal
NSW Police Ten years Ethical Service Medal. - State Medal

O'Regan wears ten medals on his left breast his entitlement is eight or seven depending on the Commemoration of National Service medal. We don't know if he is entitled to wear this medal, however his Regimental Service number i.e. 297697 does not conform to the series used for National Service during the Vietnam era which all consisted on seven numbers with a "7" as the second number i.e. "2777777". Towards the end of this era as numbers ran out the second number became an "8".

O'Regan knowingly, incorrectly wears his State Police medals on his left breast mixed with his Federal and Defence Medals. This problem has been brought to his attention, but he appears to thumb his nose at medals protocol and is quoted as saying:

"I am no longer in the Police and have not been for at least 25 years..can use them as ear rings if I like.. I am a big boy with a mouth..not many if any would comment to my face."

Obviously any well meaning person who attempts to advise him to stop making a "dill" of himself would "Cop" a rebuke from O'Regan.

The last medal O'Regan is wearing is the NSW Police Ten year Ethical Service Medal. Serving members of the NSW Police Force, wear the medal correctly. Here is an example of a NSW Police Superintendent wearing the medal on his right breast.



O'Regan is an executive of a World War 1 Australian Light Horse Association and is often involved in Light Horse re-enactment on commemorative occasions. The photograph below shows O'Regan wearing his Light Horse re-enactment uniform complete with contemporary medals.

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The photograph was taken before he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and the National Police Medal. Notice the first and second medals are the two State Police medals. Surely someone from the Light Horse association, or his other Veteran's associations could have pointed out O'Regan's blatant disregard for medals protocol and the incongruity of wearing mixed medals. Perhaps O'Regan has his Light Horse co-executives and everyone else bluffed, and they are not "game" to comment to him.

We work hard to protect the integrity of Veterans medals and will continue to do so. Those who flaunt the system, will be featured on this website.

O'Regan may have Veterans' and the public in his home town bluffed by his "Big boy mouth", but ANZMI is a vehicle where people can respond to bullies. We advise him he can continue with his medals debacle, and be known as a "Dill" or comply with the policies of the Australian Governor General and move his two state police medals to his right breast. In addition if he is not an ex National Serviceman he must remove the Commemoration of National Service Medal altogether.

Rodney O'Regan is a Veteran of Vietnam, an ex NSW Police Officer and a Light Horse re-enactor. In addition to his achievements he now occupies a space on this website along with hundreds of other medals cheats.

Surname: Finlay
Christian Names: John Bernard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Forestville
Service #: R94417
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Stores Assistant
Commencement of service: 04 Jul 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



John Bernard Finlay joined the Royal Australian Navy on 4 July 1964, as a Junior Recruit. His first sea posting, as a newly trained Stores Assistant, was on HMAS Derwent, where he saw operational service in Vietnam, and as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR).

Finlay later joined the HMAS Sydney, being deployed a number of times to Vietnam in the vital logistics role the ship was conducting at the time.

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The above photograph is one of many taken over several years. In each photograph, Finlay is involved in some prominent role at an ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day service as a member of the Forestville RSL Sub-Branch.

Finlay is wearing the following medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM)
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal
  5. HMAS Sydney Commemorative Medal
  6. FESR Commemorative Medal

Six medals look quite impressive, however, it is the last two medals that bring the attention to Finlay.

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The last two medals are quite simply junk and have no place being displayed with official medals, that is the well-known protocol.

The HMAS Sydney Commemorative was produced by a service association, aggrieved at the lack of recognition for the role they played in providing logistic support to Australian forces in Vietnam. This was later rectified by the award of the VLSM, under the official Australian Honours and Awards system.

The last medal, commemorating service with the FESR, seems to be worn by those wanting to make their row of medals look that little bit more impressive. However, service with the FESR was adequately recognised through the official awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, with clasp ‘FESR’.

Finlay has also attached campaign clasps to those pieces of tin, perhaps making him seem, in his eyes anyway, like a well-worn veteran. That said, it is a shame he has not attached the clasp VIETNAM to his AASM 1945-75, where it rightfully belongs.

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In the above photograph Finlay is pictured with Robin Geoffrey Tapp, who also appears on the pages of ANZMI. Both are often photographed together at ANZAC Day and Remembrance services. Perhaps ‘birds of a feather’ would be an appropriate tagline to those pictures.

Finlay, a Stores Assistant, and Tapp, a Steward, were part of the Navy Supply and Secretariat Branches, which also included Cooks and Writers.

This is of note, as a perusal of the ANZMI entries reveals that members of this branch of the Navy comprise a majority of entries for the seagoing arm of our Defence Force. Why is this? Did they feel that their service was not as important as that of a Gunner or Engineer, so those few extra dodgy medals get them a little more recognition?

In 2015, Finlay was awarded Life Membership in recognition of his many years of service to the RSL.

What will Finlay be awarded for his disrespect and dishonesty? Likely there will be no action, as it appears his charade has continued for many years, right under the noses of the Sub-Branch executive, even though medal protocol is well known and communicated throughout the RSL.

Surname: Jessop
Christian Names: Anthony Philip
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Williamtown
Service #: R63258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Quartermaster Gunner
Commencement of service: 04 Apr 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Anthony Philip Jessop joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1964 and saw operational service in the Far East and Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster Gunner onboard HMAS Duchess and HMAS Sydney.

For this service, Jessop was entitled to a number of official Federal medals, like many servicemen and women, before, and after him.

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The above photo was taken at the 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, in Williamstown, South Australia.

Jessop is wearing miniature medals, whereas, full-size medals should be worn at a commemorative service such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. He may have reasons for doing so and as such it is not an issue warranting any further attention in this forum.

The red arrow indicates the real issue, namely the wearing of unofficial medals mixed with official medals, a practice that has brought many a veteran to notice on the pages of ANZMI.

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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 and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’, originally commissioned by a Naval association, which is associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals and are no more thank trinkets, commonly used to inflate the service of the wearer to an unknowing audience.

Anthony Philip Jessop, you were awarded adequately for your service to country and community. However, your decision to throw a couple of ‘tin’ medals into the mix and display them in public, has denigrated your service and earned you a place amongst many others on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Russo
Christian Names: Ross James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Clifton Beach
Service #: 8088419
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Jul 07
Completion of service: Feb 09
Case Notes:


Service No. 8088419.

Service: Trainee Rifleman Australian Army Reserves.

Branch. Infantry.

Commencement of Service. July, 2007.

Completion of Service. February, 2009.

Ross James Russo, born 30 November, 1967, of Clifton Beach, North Queensland, is a Medal Cheat, and a Valour Thief. His claims include suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to his Special Operational Service in Iraq as an Engineer in the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN). He blames the PTSD disability for his irrational behaviour. However, his name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Iraq Nominal Roll.


The above photograph depicts Russo in a Queensland Corrective Services uniform. This photograph appeared in the Queensland Government Newsletter and was titled “Corrections News.” July, 2009 Issue. He graduated as a Recruit Corrective Services Officer on 8 May, 2009.

In the photograph he is wearing on his uniform,



1. The Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Active Service Medal/ribbon is an Australian Military Decoration. It was authorised 13 September 1988 to recognise prescribed service in warlike operations. It is awarded with a clasp to denote the prescribed operation and subsequent awards of the medal are made in the form of additional clasps. Wikepedia.

2. Australian Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Service Medal/ribbon was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.

3. Defence Force Long Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Defence Force Long Service Medal/ribbon may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying remunerated service in the Australian Defence Force. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.

Strangely, if the medal/ribbons were officially awarded, he would also be wearing the Iraq Campaign Medal/ribbon. Maybe it got lost in the post!

Unfortunately for Mr Russo, his Australian Defence Force Service, as depicted by the ribbons worn on his Corrective Services shirt is a lie. He has not been awarded any of the medals/ribbons he wears. He has purchased them and placed them on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform to big note himself.

Russo was a member of the part time Australian Army Reserves for a short time. He enlisted as a Recruit in July, 2007. He completed basic training, was engaged as a Trainee Rifleman, and resigned in February, 2009, a period of 20 months.

That was about the end of his illustrious military career. He was never a member of the permanent Australian Regular Army, let alone serve as a Special Forces member as an Engineer in the Australian Army. His short 20 months enlistment period would not permit the issue of the Australian Defence Medal to him for his service, unless he was medically discharged.   However, we believe that he resigned.   He was a Trainee Rifleman when he resigned.



The above photograph is Russo carrying out his Australian Army Reserve Training.

Russo claims to others that he was a Military Police Officer in the Australian Army for 8 years. That statement is a lie.
He also claims that he was a member of 3 Battalion - Royal Australian Regiment.. That statement is also a lie.
His Linkedin page, now deleted, stated that he had 25 years experience “Special Operations” in Defence and the Queensland Police.

You guessed it! That is also a lie.






Further inquiries of Russo regarding his wearing of unearned and un-awarded medal/ribbons, resulted in him stating that he was also in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and served in Iraq in a Naval “Marine Technical” role.. He stated that he served in the RAN from 1988 to 1994.(6 years) He quoted his Navy Service number as S143973. By his own admission (6 years service), he is not entitled to the Defence Force Long Service medal/ribbon for 15 years military service.

ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact, that state Russo has made the following claims about his military service in the Australian Defence Force, and the Queensland Police Force. These claims were made by Russo at meetings, and in conversations to others at the Mareeba Hospital Queensland, where he has been employed as an Operations Services Supervisor for about six years.

Witness 1. Russo stated,

1. That he was in the Australian Army for 3 years and had served in Afghanistan.
2. That he was in the Queensland Police Force for 17 years.

Witness 2. Russo stated,

3. That he was in the Army and served in Afghanistan and then he joined the Police Force.
4. That he injured his knees while parachuting out of planes in Afghanistan

Witness 3. Russo stated,

5. That he served in the Australian Regular Army as an MP (Military Police Officer) for 8 years, and also served in 3 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), Infantry, for 3 years.

Russo was contacted and was given an opportunity to respond to the allegations of false military service claims. His response is below. He stated that this is his service record.

1988 – 1994 – Royal Australian Navy S143973 – Marine Technical
1994 - 2000 – Queensland Corrective Services – Custodial Correctional Officer
2000 – 2009 – Queensland Police Service – Operational Officer
2009 – Current – Queensland Health"

Russo appears to have his dates confused. The Corrective Services photograph of him taken at his graduation in May, 2009, is inconsistent with his claims of being a Queensland Police Officer from 2000 to 2009, when he then joined Queensland Health. Also it is odd, that he does not mention Australian Regular Army or Reserve Force Service, that would cover his alleged time in Afghanistan.

He also appears confused with his above LinkedIn entry where he claims Special Operations with Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police Service.

Queensland Police Service

1984 - 2009 – (25 years.)

Russo has also stated to others that he served in the Royal Australian Navy in Iraq in a Special Forces role. That is also not true.

He was requested to provide a copy of his Discharge Certificate or Certificate of Service that would prove that he was a returned Iraq or Afghanistan serviceman. He declined and then abused ANZMI in a series of objectionable emails.

Russo is a person who just tells lies when it suits him. He has no credibility. He was never a full time member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not serve in Iraq, or Afghanistan, on operational service in either capacity as an Engineer or anything else. His 20 months part time Reserve Force service as a Trainee Rifleman, was carried out in Australia. He was never qualified to the rank of Private Rifleman.

His current employers at Queensland Health should check Russo's resume and verify a few of his claimed prior qualifications, also his Defence and Police Service claims for his current role. They may get a surprise!

Russo has insulted genuine returned veterans from the Iraq War and Afghanistan War, by stealing their valour. He has also treated his former Corrective Services colleagues with contempt by wearing un-awarded medal/ribbons in their graduation class photograph in May, 2009, when he had no legal right to wear them.

Russo needs to make a public apology to not only his former Corrective Service colleagues, but also the veteran community in general.

Since Russo became aware that ANZMI was inquiring into his alleged military background, he has been a regular contributor of vitriolic comments about ANZMI , and its alleged members to a Face Book page, that defends shameless military valour thieves and medal cheats like Russo, and who are also named on this site.

Russo has also committed offences under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B in respect to falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman and wearing military service decorations that he is not entitled to wear.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

80B Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Russo is walking a fine line. It may well be that he could end up in the same Queensland prison as before, but in a different role from his Corrective Services held position in 2009.

We will be reporting Mr Russo to the appropriate authorities.

Surname: Urban
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Darling Range
Service #: Unknown
Service: British Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1985
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:


ANZMI are an impartial group of former Australian and New Zealand Military Veterans. ANZMI is not aligned with any political party in Australia or New Zealand. Our role in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Communities is to protect the honour of all those men and women, who are currently serving in those Defence Forces, or who have served and or died on War Like, Non War Like, Peacekeeping, or Peacetime deployments.

Our objective is to target and expose those, who claim that they have done the hard yards, and/or boast of non- existent operational service, or wear Australian and New Zealand medals and other accoutrements that have not been awarded to them.

This site lists a multitude of Imposters, including Valour Thieves, Medal Cheats and Wannabees, who, for their own personal glory and benefit, have illegally boasted of operational service, that they have not performed, or worn medals illegally. Both these types of deceitful imposters commit offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.

In New Zealand, the illegal actions of military imposters are covered under of the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 Section 4A.

Those who wear unearned medals, purchase them from Medal Dealer’s shops, or online.

Their behaviour is unacceptable to all genuine veterans.
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The below photograph depicts Mr Barry Urban. MLA. Barry Urban was born on the 10 December, 1968 in Ashlington. Northumberland, England. He is the current sitting member for the State electorate for Darling Range, Western Australia, near Perth.. He is now an Independent, following his resignation from the Australian Labor Party, following serious questions regarding his integrity and credibility.



In the above photographs, Urban is wearing -;
1. The Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM) No clasp.
2. The United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal.(UNFICYP)


The Police Overseas Service Medal is an award in the Australian honours system. The award is presented to those members of an Australian Police force who undertake service;
• with international peace-keeping organisations, or
• Following a request from another government for assistance.
The award was introduced by letters patent on 25 April 1991.
It comes with a clasp denoting the area of assigned UN deployment.


The above medal is the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal. (UNFICYP)
It is awarded: for 3 months' service with the Mission, keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Civilian Police or members of any Nation’s Defence Forces, who serve in Cyprus for the qualifying period, are eligible to apply for this medal.

Barry Urban’s life is described below in a Biography that appeared on Face book.

On leaving school, he joined the British Army about 1984, discharged, and then joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, England.
Biography Face book Barry Urban.
About Barry Urban

Barry was born in a mining village in the North East of England called Ashington in Northumberland. His mother was a nursing assistant and father was a coal miner until the colliery closed and he made a living selling rose bushes; a casualty of the miners' dispute in the mid 1980s.

His childhood was like that of most children from the area: hard and eventful. After leaving school at the age of 16, Barry joined the British Army. He has obtained a number of qualifications, and spent a large portion of his career on exercises and military operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Namibia, attaining military medals and a citation.

In late 1989 Barry joined the UK police in Hertfordshire after a brief tour in the Ascension Islands. Throughout his police career he spent a number of years on front line duties, Police Tactical firearms and finally as a detective on the Regional Crime Squad.

During his career in the police force Barry obtained a Bachelor Degree and a Post Graduate Degree in police studies.
After returning from duties in Bosnia carrying out war crime investigations, he retired from the UK Police Force and was awarded a police medal and another citation.

After a period of almost 12 months travelling the world Barry found himself in Rockingham, Western Australia, and decided to apply for immigration and was granted a visa and later citizenship.

His first five years in Australia were spent working in the construction industry as a production manager, projects manager then area manager in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

Barry returned to the police force in 2005 and was involved in a number of major initiatives in the South East Metro District and front line policing.

In 2011 he decided to run for Local Government and was elected into the Serpentine Jarrahdale Council. His involvement has been great and vast with involvement in the State Graffiti task force, the State Trails Reference Group, Peel Tourism, National Trust and a number of other community groups.

Barry's time serving on the council verified the lack of support for the South East corridor and the Darling Range area. The frustration over this issue was felt both at home and within the community groups he is involved with, which prompted Barry to run for the seat of Darling Range in the State election and finally give the families living in the area the support they need.

The above profile has since been removed from his Face book page.

Below is a copy of his LinkedIn profile and also through his maiden speech to the WA Parliament in 2017. -;

Lance Bombadier
Wingate Troop
3RHA J(Sidi Rezegh) Battery
June 1985 - December 1989
Served in Paderborn, Germany
Northern Ireland

Initially, Barry Urban’s life started to unravel following his election to the Western Australian Parliament in March, 2017, as the member for Darling Range. His photograph appeared in a number of published media articles wearing the Australian POSM and the UNFICYP medals.

Obviously, something did not seem right with some former colleagues, who knew that Urban had not served overseas, as a Western Australia Police Officer to Cyprus, in an Australian United Nations contingent, during his 6 years service. It was also obvious that he was not entitled to wear the Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM), that he had been observed wearing for many years. It could not have been awarded to him as he was not entitled.

On the 18 November, 2017, the following front page article appeared in the “West Australian” News Paper.





Following the publishing of this article, ANZMI were inundated with emails from concerned former Police, and Military personnel, and also members of the public.

Concerns were expressed regarding Urban’s non credible and conflicting excuses, regarding how he came into possession of the POSM.

He initially claimed that the POSM was a legitimate International Police Award for his British Police service in Bosnia.

That is a lie. It is an Australian award.

He further claimed that the British and Australian Overseas Police Service Medals were exactly the same. That is also a lie.

He stated that he must have been sent the wrong one by the British Police 17 years ago. That is also a lie The British Police/Government does not issue Australian Federal Awards.

In the article, he is quoted as stating, “I will be honest with you, the medal I have is totally different to the one I should have. This was sent to me in 2000, and I have been wearing it ever since. I have written to the UK Police to find out what has gone on”. That statement is also a lie.

The medal that Urban is referring to is the “Commemorative International Police Medal” You can purchase it on line for about UK20 pounds sterling.. ANZMI refer to them as “Tin medals” They are trinkets. If you have to buy a medal, you did not earn it. Simple as that.

Below is the ribbon for the International Police Medal. It is not exactly the same as the POSM as claimed by Urban. In fact, it is nothing like it.



Strangely, a former Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Major, and now Western Australia Labor Party politician and Housing Minister, Mr Peter Tinley, has been quoted below -;

Housing Minister Peter Tinley — a former Special Air Service Regiment commander — defended Mr. Urban yesterday.
“Let’s be really clear about this, his service is not in question — his administration is,” Mr. Tinley said. “He served in Cyprus, he’s served in Bosnia and he’s given great service. He’s just unfortunately got his administration wrong and applied for or obtained the wrong medal.”

By his own admission, Urban has been wearing this medal fraudulently for 17 years. That is not "wrong administration", Mr Tinley; it is deceitful behaviour over a very long period, by someone who should know a lot better.. It is contemptible to genuine Police and Military personnel who have served in Operational theatres of conflict. You should agree with that.

Urban has subsequently admitted that he purchased the POSM from a Medal dealer in Western Australia.

Since Urban was detected deceitfully wearing the Federal Award, he has taken time off his parliamentary duties on stress leave. He has since stated that he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He stated in the W.A Parliament on the 30 November, 2017, about his fraudulent wearing of the POSM -; (Source ABC News)

On the admission he had falsely represented a medal as an official award from British authorities, when he had actually purchased it online,
Mr Urban insisted he was under the "genuine but mistaken" belief that it was the correct medal.
"I am embarrassed by my error and for the hurt I may have caused by my actions," he said.

If you believe that statement, you might also believe in Santa !!!

Urban continues the façade. His claims are totally inconsistent with reality, and are not believable. Just ask his alleged Medal dealer!

He claims British Army military service in Cyprus with the United Nations, as a Lance Bombadier, Artillery. - You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that.

He would know that!

He also claims British Police overseas service in Bosnia-Herzgovina investigating war crimes. – You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that either.

He would know that as well!

Investigations are continuing by an appointed W.A. Parliamentary Committee, regarding his claims of University degrees, allegedly awarded to him in the United Kingdom, and other matters.

He has already admitted to the W.A Parliament that he was not awarded a Diploma that he had previously claimed. Two Universities in the U.K., where Urban claims to have been awarded degrees, have never heard of him.

Also his alleged military service in Cyprus and entitlement to the UNFICYP, and police service in Bosnia-Herzegovina needs to be thoroughly investigated..

He could save a lot of people a lot of trouble, by just proving his claims, and telling the truth about his Army and Police overseas service. If his memory is as bad as what it seems, he could simply order of a copy of his records from the U.K. and produce them.

In fairness, we sent Urban an email inviting him to provide details of his claimed Cyprus service, and evidence that he was entitled to wear the POSM and the UNFICYP. He has not responded.

In the meantime, Urban continues on as the State Member for Darling Range, Western Australia. He has since resigned from the Australian Labor Party, and is now an Independent for that electorate.

He is a false pretender and he should resign.

An update will be provided in the near future regarding Mr. Barry Urban. MLA.

Surname: Fudge
Christian Names: Malcolm Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: R64448
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Gunnery
Commencement of service: 05 Jun 1965
Completion of service: 20 Jul 68
Case Notes:


Malcolm Robert Fudge joined the Royal Australian Navy on 5 June 1965, at a time when Australia was conducting a number of warlike operations in South-East Asia and Vietnam.

Within 12 months of joining, Fudge would see operational service in SE Asia whilst serving on HMAS Parramatta. The following year saw Fudge posted to HMAS Sydney whilst she was engaged on logistics operations to Vietnam, with Fudge recording 101 days operational service.

For his service, Fudge is entitled to wear:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp VIETNAM)
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp FESR)


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Fudge 2


The above photographs appeared in the online edition of the Melbourne Age as part of their coverage of the 2016 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne.

There is always interest in a veteran that is emblazoned with medals, which is obvious in the second photograph where it concentrates on the medals rather than the wearer’s head.

The caption below the photographs reads:

Malcolm Fudge comes every year for the dawn service and to march. He served in Borneo and Vietnam in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

On Anzac Day he likes to reflect on the service of his grandfather (Boer War) and his stepfather and two uncles (World War II). "I like to
think about them and their service rather than my own. Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don't like to dwell on."

One the left side of his blazer he wears his medals, on the right his family's medals.

Fudge appears to be doing the right thing in that he has displayed family medals

On the right side of the chest, and his own on the left, as dictated by protocol.

To the untrained eye, Fudge has an impressive number of medals. However, the red arrow points towards three medals that at best, can be described as ‘tin junk’, namely:

  1. Vietnam Logistic Support Commemorative
  2. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative
  3. HMAS Sydney Commemorative

These medals have no official standing, or credibility, within the Australian Honours and Awards system. They are commemorative medals sourced by various associations and should never be worn in public at service commemorations.

To add insult to the recognised operational service of other veterans, Fudge has seen fit to adorn these pieces of tin with a number of campaign clasps, making him seem even more of a battle-hardened veteran.

To the reasonable man, it could be argued that Fudge may have mistakenly put the tin medals on his coat that day. However, medal protocol is widely known and advertised within the defence and ex-service environment, yet many still do what they wish and even more seemingly turn a blind eye to the behaviour of their fellow veterans.

The behaviour of Fudge has likely gone unchecked for a number of years, as the photographs below, taken at the 2009 Kinglake ANZAC Dawn service, attest to.

Fudge 3


Fudge 4

To quote Fudge, “Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don’t like to dwell on”. Perhaps, Fudge should dwell on the dishonesty he has perpetuated and the insult to the service of other veterans, in particular, his own relatives, who’s medals he proudly displays along with his own. Welcome to ANZMI, where others can dwell on what you have done.

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