Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Bellingham
Christian Names: Andrew Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Salamander Bay
Service #: 8077926
Service: RAN
Branch: Seaman. Chief Petty Officer
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 82
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Well here we go again folks!

Another senior Naval Chief Petty Officer caught out wearing unawarded, purchased military medals. What sort of example do these people set for our younger ratings.

We are amazed at the number of reports that we are currently receiving regarding senior former and current Australian Naval personnel committing offences against the Defence Act 1903. –

Section 80A - Falsely representing to be a returned, soldier, sailor or airman and

Section 80B - Improper use of service decorations.

Penalty. 6 months gaol or $3,300 fine or both.

When members of the community or Junior Royal Australian Navy ratings observe senior long serving Naval personnel in uniform wearing military medals on the left side, they presume that the Naval officer has had a distinguished, recognised and rewarding career. They would not suspect that some of the medals worn have not been officially awarded and have been purchased in a Medal Shop or over the Internet.

That would be totally against all the protocols, principles and proud traditions that our Senior Service stands for.

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Charles Bellingham was a full time serving Royal Australian Naval Officer from the 5 January, 1982 until about 2010. He then transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Reserves where he currently serves.

He is presently attached to the Directorate of Navy Leadership and Culture Development as a Co-ordinator. Now that could be a problem!

In the photograph above, Bellingham is wearing the following court mounted medals -;

Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp. (AASM.) Clasp unknown.
Australian Service Medal, (ASM) clasp Kuwait.
Australian Defence Force Service Medal with two clasps. (Long Service)
Australian Defence Medal.
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia.) (First Awarded 17/1/1991. Last awarded 28/2/1991.

Bellingham is a medals cheat and an imposter. He is one of a growing number of currently serving or former Royal Australian Navy personnel who have been reported to this site for wearing unawarded medals or embellishing their service.

We have been contacted by a number of people who have provided evidence that Chief Petty Officer Andrew Charles Bellingham has been wearing at least two medals that he has not been awarded.

The two medals are the -;

1. AASM with unknown clasp.

The AASM is awarded for service in a prescribed war like operational area. The below mentioned AASM is an example of this medal with the clasp East Timor.

2. Kuwait Liberation Medal. (Saudi Arabia.)

The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) was awarded to military personnel who fulfilled the criteria required for the award of this medal. It was only issued for service in Kuwait between the 17/1/1991 and the 28/2/1991. During this time, Bellingham was a crew member of the HMAS Stuart. The HMAS Stuart did not deploy to the Gulf at this time or at any other time. In fact the HMAS Stuart had it’s commission extended in Australia until July, 1991, due to other RAN Destroyer ships commitment to the Gulf.

Below is an example of the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Chief Petty Officer Bellingham enlisted in the RAN on the 5 January, 1982.

During his service he did deploy to Kuwait in a peacetime non war like period. For this, he was awarded the Australian Service Medal with clasp Kuwait. The ASM is issued to personnel who serve in this capacity. It does not entitle him to wear the AASM. Also he has never been awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia).

We contacted Chief Petty Officer Bellingham and invited him to explain how he was awarded the AASM and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

He subsequently replied and stated -;

I'm sorry that I have not replied as I have been overseas. I'm happy to work with you on this issue. I do hold a ASM with claps for Kuwait. ADM and DFSM. I have been inform that I'm able to return the DFSM and have issue a new service medal with the clasp as I have been conducting reserve days. All other medal have been removed from my per sessions.

Chief Petty Officer Bellingham does not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation. He states that he is sorry that he has not replied as he has been overseas. That’s about all he is apparently sorry for. We are also extremely grateful that he is “happy to work with us on this issue.” We think he is on another planet.

He then continues “All other medal (sic) have been removed from my per sessions. (sic).

He does not give an explanation as to why he purchased and wore these medals or if he is sorry for wearing them. He just mentions in passing that "the medal (sic) has been removed from my per sessions". (sic)

Following receipt of that communication, a further response was received from him that stated inter alia, "Once again, I should of conducted my own investigation instead of listing (sic) to others".

Unfortunately, that excuse does not hold up. He is now claiming that on advice from "others" he apparently thought it was OK to wear the two medals. That does not make sense. In particular, as he was not awarded the two medals in the first place, he had to purchase them "on line or at a Medal Shop". He then had them court mounted with his officially awarded medals. Here we have a Chief Petty Officer with thirty years service now claiming no knowledge of the criteria required for the issue of the AASM or the Kuwait Liberation Medal, so he goes and buys them! Now that's Leadership for you!

Bellingham is an embarrassment to the Royal Australian Navy He is a Senior Non- Commissioned Officer at the Directorate of Navy Leadership and Culture, in the position of Co-ordinator. His behaviour is a disgrace and he has been wearing unawarded medals for his own self gratification and ego for quite some time.

He is the perfect example of poor leadership when in a Leadership role. He has no right to continue in this role. He is a bad example for what proud traditions the RAN stands for. He has no credibility and he should be ordered to resign. If not, he should be shown the door.

He should also write an apology to all his Royal Australian Navy colleagues and have this apology printed in the Navy news for all to see.

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Bellingham has earned his place on this site.

Surname: BEGA RSL SUB BRANCH
Christian Names: See below
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bega
Service #: See Case Notes
Service: National Service
Branch: See Case Notes
Case Notes:

 

 

 

It is not often that we undertake a group exposure of medal cheats, and by indifference or otherwise, an entire RSL Sub Branch but that was before we became aware of the happenings in the NSW coastal town of Bega.  There is more on the nose than just cheese in the Bega RSL Sub Branch. 

Our attention was drawn to a photograph which appeared on the website of the Bega District News by one of our many followers.   That photograph was of Allen Collins, a former National Serviceman who likes to wear the odd bit of ‘Tin’ to enhance his rack.

Mr Collins joins the ever growing list of loyal individuals who have decided to self-award themselves a tin medal to recognise the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth 2.   We here at ANZMI have great respect for Her Majesty but that does not mean it is appropriate to wear an unofficial tin medal with your entitled awards.

As you can see, this has not stopped Mr Collins, a former National Serviceman who has added not only the Jubilee Medal, but has also added the National Service ‘tin’ for good measure.

As a former National Serviceman, Collins has an entitlement to wear two official medals, The Anniversary of National Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).   If you look closely, you can just see what we believe to be these medals behind the ‘tin’.  

The medals he is clearly seen wearing are nothing but tin rubbish.   The so called Jubilee Medal bears no resemblance to the official Jubilee Medal issued by Buckingham Palace.   The Government of Australia decided not to accept the issue of the medal, but rather a small number of Australians were awarded the official medal, these include Australians awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) or Cross of Valour (CV) as well as State Governors and the Governor General.

This is the ‘tin’:

This is the real deal:

Similarly, the ‘Nasho tin’ is nothing but a rubbish self-awarded trinket which should be disposed of in the rubbish bin.   Wearing that medal alongside the officially awarded medal can only mean Collins is trying to create the impression of being the ‘hardened veteran’.

Here is the ‘tin’ Nasho Medal:

Now, under most circumstances ANZMI would make contact with the RSL Sub Branch which the miscreant belongs, in the case of Mr Collins that would be the Bega RSL Sub Branch.   We at ANZMI did attempt to make contact with the Secretary of the Bega RSL Sub Branch to inform him or her of our concerns, but only silence was the reply and now we know why.

There is an old saying,‘when you scratch a sore it only makes it worse’ and so it seems with the Bega RSL Sub Branch.   During our research into Mr Collins, we sourced additional photographs of Mr Collins participating in RSL events.   We note he proudly sports an RSL tie suggesting some active participation in the Sub Branch.   In undertaking our research we came across a photograph, taken at the same event of three more Bega Sub Branch members.

Here we have Huey, Dewey and Louie (aka Bill Flood, Ken Witchard and Bob Flood).   Three more members of the Bega RSL Sub Branch, all proudly sporting their gongs, all of which contain an assortment of official medals and ‘tin’ rubbish.

Here is another photograph of Bill Flood and Witchard at different ceremony in Bega, still sporting their ‘Tin’.   It can also be seen that both gentlemen wear RSL Name tags and we believe both of these gentlemen may at some time been Committee members of the Sub Branch, perhaps explaining why our email fell on deaf ears.    We have made extensive enquires to identify the third medal being worn by Witchard and through those enquires learnt that he is the Secretary of the Naval Tankerman Association.   The medal appears to be some sort of Tin Commemorative Medal, self-awarded by Witchard simply because of vanity, rather than to signify operational service.

You can easily find the images by following the link: 

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2687914/bega-remembrance-day-service-2014-photos/#slide=22

The time has come for the RSL at National and State level to act.

The pages of our website are littered with stories of RSL members, indeed RSL Executives and committee members who continually snub their noses at the Australian Honours and Awards System.    These same people scream loud about being proud Australians, so why do they condone those who snub their nose at our honours system.    The Honours and Awards system, both at Federal and State level recognise bravery, outstanding service, long service and operational service among others.   

One important group had been neglected for some time, but former National Servicemen who did not deploy operationally were eventually recognised with the award of the ‘Anniversary of National Service 1951 – 72 Medal’ and later established an entitlement to the ‘Australian Defence Medal’ (ADM).   Surely two official medals to recognise a person’s fulfilling of their national service obligation is sufficient recognition.   It seems not to be the case in Bega, and a number of other RSL Sub Branches around Australia who either turn a blind eye or are complicit in allowing self-awarded rubbish to be worn with official medals under any circumstance.

Here is a clue for those RSL committees who still don’t understand.   If it is not listed in the Australian Honours and Awards System, or an approved foreign award approved by the Governor General, it is NOT worn on the left side.     

Perhaps a visual reminder is needed by the National and State Executives of the RSL in order for them to do something about Sub Branches that flout the rules clearly issued by Government House.

Welcome to our website Allen Collins, Bob Flood, Bill Flood, Ken Witchard, and by association, your mates at the Bega RSL Sub Branch.

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Bauerle
Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Glenroy - North Albury
Service #: .3782491
Service: Army
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: 17 May 1958
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

John Bauerle is the President of the Albury - Wodonga Branch of the National Serviceman's Association. (NSA). He has been the President of that organisation for 17 years. He commenced compulsory 3 months National Service training at Puckapunyal Recruit Training Camp in Victoria in May 1958. He was attached to an Armoured Unit there for his remaining service.

In the photograph sent to us below, Bauerle is wearing three medal ribands for his three months service at Puckapunyal.

 


 

The first riband from the left is,

An unofficial tin medal riband that denotes National Service. Purchased.

The Second riband from the left is,

The Conscripts Service Medal riband. This is also an unofficial self purchased tin medal riband.

The third from the left is the -;

A Citizens Military Forces/Australian Reserve Forces Medal riband. This is also an unofficial self purchased tin medal riband.

Bauerle has been a President of an Ex Service Organisation for 17 years. He has set a bad example for all the National Service members in his Albury- Wodonga Branch and also the entire Australia National Servicemen's Association.

Since this photograph was taken, he has probably applied for his correct entitlement to the Australian Defence Force Medal and the genuine Anniversary of National Service Medal.

However, by his wearing of unofficial tin purchased ribands, he implied to all those in his organisation that it is acceptable to wear what you like.

Leading by example in regards to medals protocols should be one of his prime responsibilities. He is a medals cheat who lacks respect for the men and women who have genuinely been awarded military medals for their honourable service.

Particularly those who have served in operational areas on active service.

If you were sent to Vietnam for a 12 month deployment, you came home with two ribands. A serviceman/woman would be required to serve six months or more in country or Vietnam waters to be awarded the two medal/ribands. Bauerle had three months at Puckapunyal, Victoria, and in the photograph wears three medal ribands.

If you have the compulsion to wear tin purchased medal ribands, they should be worn on the right.

Bauerle should stand down from his current position for his disrespect and lack of leadership.

The National Servicemen's Association, Head Office, Sydney, recently introduced the position of a Protocols Officer within their organisation to prevent medal cheats and imposters denigrating their Association.

This followed numerous complaints received regarding former National Servicemen glorifying their medals entitlement over many years by adding non awarded medals and ribands to their rack. It was becoming a problem.

From the reports we are receiving at Anzmi, and soon to be published, it appears that it is still a problem, and the Protocol Officer has a long way to go to instill some integrity into the National Servicemen's Association in regards to medals protocols.

We are not at odds with any ex service organisation that contributes to the welfare of its members. We support the great work they do. This includes the Returned and Services League of Australia,(RSL) NSA. VVFA, VVAA, APPVA, Salvation Army, Naval Associations or any other body.

However, we do have problems with individuals within those bodies who bring their organisations into disrepute by not adhering to the Governor General's medals protocols.

Whilst medal cheats and imposters are out there, we will expose them.

There is no else!

Surname: Banville
Christian Names: John Christopher
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Karuah
Service #: R63517
Service: RAN
Commencement of service: 26 Jun 64
Completion of service: 12 Jan 66
Case Notes:

 

 

 

John Christopher Banville was born on the 18 June, 1947. He is now 67 years of age. He enlisted in the RAN on the 26 June, 1964 as a 17 year old for a term on 9 years. After a short period training at HMAS Cerberus, he was posted on board the HMAS Yarra on the 19 September, 1964.

Banville is a medals cheat.

Between the 31 March, 1965 and the 4 May, 1966, the HMAS Yarra had four operational deployments in Malaysia , Singapore waters during the Indonesian confrontation. Banville served on three short term deployments between those dates with an aggregate service of 123 days.

In the photograph below, Banville is wearing the following medals and clasps -;


The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 clasp Malaysia (Entitled)
General Service Medal 1962 Clasp Malaysia. (Entitled)
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal. (Not entitled)
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975, clasp FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve) (Entitled)
Australian Defence Medal. (Not entitled)
Malaysian Pingat Jasa Medal 90 days qualifying service in Malaysia.(Entitled)

Banville is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. He left the HMAS Yarra on the 12 September 1965. He then remained posted to the shore establishment of HMAS Cerberus and took annual leave until he was discharged as "Unsuitable" on the 12 January, 1966, 1 years and 7 months after he enlisted.

The HMAS Yarra was initially accredited with operational service in Vietnam waters for 14 days in April/May 1966. Banville was not a member of the crew during this time. He was at HMAS Cerberus awaiting his discharge.

His Naval record below confirms this fact -;


He has no Vietnam service and his name does not appear on the Vietnam Nominal Roll at the Australian War Memorial website.

As Banville also did not complete his initial enlistment period of 9 years or alternatively, 4 years service, he is also not entitled to wear the the Australian Defence Medal.

Below is the criteria for the Australian Defence Medal from the "Its and Honour" a Government site.

How it is awarded

The Governor-General (or his delegate) awards the Australian Defence Medal on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Force (or his delegate).
The eligibility criteria requires completion of an initial enlistment period or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also includes those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period or complete an initial enlistment period for one or more of the following reasons:
• the death of a member during service;
• the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to compensable impairment;
• the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.

Banville is a member of the Karuah RSL Club. He is a medals cheat who is trying to impress his colleagues that he is entitled to medals that he has not earned.

We do not discredit Banville for being discharged from the Royal Australian Navy as "unsuitable".

Not everyone is suited to a military career, however to blatantly wear medals that you have purchased and add to your genuine rack shows that he lacks character and is dishonest with his fellow RSL colleagues. He needs to get rid of his unearned medals and apologise to his Karuah RSL Sub Branch members for his lack of respect and his dishonesty.

Surname: Ball
Christian Names: Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Woorinen
Service #: 37480
Service: Army
Branch: Catering Corps
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Here we go again, another in the long, long line of RSL Sub Branch executives who continue to flaunt Medal Protocols set down by Government House, Canberra.   Allow us to introduce Kenneth BALL, Secretary of the Woorinen (Victoria) RSL Sub Branch.

BALL, a genuine Vietnam Veteran who felt the need to embellish his medallic entitlement by adding the tin Vietnam Veterans Medal to his rack.   What is the entitlement to this medal?   Nothing really, just fork over 42 pounds sterling and the medal is yours.

Kenneth BALL served the Nation in Vietnam as a Temporary Corporal in the Catering Corps.   He served with the armoured corps during his tour in Vietnam.

As a Sub Branch Secretary, Kenneth BALL would be well aware of the policies and procedures of the RSL and been privy to correspondence concerning the correct wearing of honours and awards.   He has no excuse for flaunting the rules.  

It amazes us here at ANZMI that RSL members who swear their allegiance to Australia in one breath, can snub their nose at the rules and protocols of the country in another.   Our advice to Kenneth BALL is to remove the TIN immediately, and suggest that if he has the money to purchase such rubbish that in future, he donate that money to Veteran’s Welfare.

Welcome to our website Kenneth BALL.

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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