Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Lenihan
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bauple
Service #: Unknown
Service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Following our original report on Lenihan there have been major ructions at the Maryborough Qld RSL, including numerous front page media headlines.

Lenihan is the Club Manager of the Maryborough RSL. The RSL Club and the Sub Branch is an amalgamated organisation where the "RSL Club section" is managed by the Sub Branch executive. Lenihan was appointed manager of the RSL Club in early 2018.


When appointed he addressed his staff, and told them that he is an East Timor Veteran, who was involved in fighting in the war in East Timor. That was a lie.

Genuine veterans heard his address and could discern inconsistencies in his story. We investigated the matter and found that Lenihan is a liar and a wannabe, and we published our findings on this website in late 2018. Despite our findings, the Maryborough RSL executive chose to believe that Lenihan was a genuine returned veteran, and the RSL Sub Branch President Mr George Mellick strongly supported Lenihan by keeping him in his job and threatening ANZMI with legal action paid for by the RSL.


Lenihan's denials of being a wannabe continued throughout 2019, resulting in Lenihan being charged by Qld State Police, for falsely claiming to be a returned veteran, and wearing medals he had not been awarded.

During the Police investigation, it was discovered that Lenihan had illegal drugs in his possession. As a consequence, Lenihan was also charged with the drug offence.

In late 2019 Lenihan went on fully paid stress leave. Not because of the stress of his job, but because of the wannabe lies he told whilst addressing RSL staff in 2018.

At the RSL Club, throughout 2019, arguments and dissension were rife and was directly linked to Lenihan's lies. Genuine returned veterans could not abide the RSL Club employing a lying wannabe.

These ructions resulted in the Sub Branch President Mr George Mellick being charged with assault for "biffing" an aged Vietnam Veteran.

On 21 Feb 20 in the Maryborough Magistrates Court, Lenihan pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran, and to the drug charge. He was fined a total of $1,000 for the two offences.

George Mellick has now been removed from position of President through democratic means, and a new President elected. Mellick appeared in the Magistrates court on 3 Mar 20 and was found guilty of assault with no conviction recorded.

Members of the Sub Branch and the RSL Club have expressed serious concerns that Lenihan, who now has a conviction for illegal drug possession and a conviction under the Defence Act 1903 for falsely pretending to be a returned veteran, can remain fully employed on self inflicted stress leave.

As the current Club Manager, and a convicted drug offender, Lenihan should never be able to hold the Maryborough RSL Club's Liquor License in the future. He should be given the boot immediately and replaced with a credible and honest person.

The final chapter will be written when action is taken regarding Lenihan's employment.



Before you read this update re-read our original report .

In this matter, there has been malfeasance and neglect at all levels of RSL management from Queensland President, District President and Maryborough RSL President. After intensive investigation Lenihan was arrested on 21 Nov 19 by police, and a court date set.

When the matter is settled by the court, we will do a comprehensive report into the management of the Maryborough RSL


Case Notes:

Mr Craig Lenihan is the General Manager at the Maryborough, Queensland, Returned and Services League (RSL) Club.  Prior to Lenihan’s appointment the Sub Branch was in disarray, handling complaints about a previous Sub-Branch President.  Unfortunately, the problems have been exacerbated by the placement of Lenihan who has lied about his military experience, even though being an ex-serviceman was not a criterion for the role of General Manager of the Club.


Before his appointment to Maryborough RSL Craig Lenihan previously managed the Nanango RSL and it was believed among the staff there, that he was a returned veteran (Info from two staff members)

Through direct statements and innuendo Lenihan has claimed to be a Returned Veteran who served in East Timor and "Has been shot at" and "Seen people blown up and his mates killed".  We hold numerous Statutory Declarations detailing how Lenihan has claimed to be a Veteran of Australia’s involvement in the conflict in East Timor.

With the usual guile of a wannabe, Lenihan explains the reason his name cannot be found in any Timor Deployment records is because he "served under another name"

Whilst several members of the Sub-Branch raised concerns about this matter with the Sub-Branch President, it fell on deaf ears. The Sub-Branch President, stated to an ANZMI researcher that ‘he did not wish to get involved  and that the researcher should be very careful because he could’ "fall flat on his face".  The RSL President then hung up the phone.

Researchers have tried to contact Lenihan on numerous occasions, but he will not respond.

It is indeed, a sad affair when an RSL President refuses to become involved in matters where staff members, representing the Sub-Branch are suspected of being Wannabes.  

It is also relevant that the President Mr George Mellick is a hypocrite, as whilst he does not want to become involved in the Lenihan matter he was heavily involved in having his predecessor banned from the RSL for being a Wannabe. After his successful campaign against the previous President, Mellick became the Maryborough RSL President.


The official word from the Wide Bay District Deputy President, Mr Trevor Williamson, is that Lenihan is no longer making such claims, and in any case, although Lenihan is employed by the RSL he is not a member of the Sub Branch and therefore, it is not the business of the Sub Branch to question his claims of Active Service in East Timor.

It is however, the business of ANZMI and Veterans everywhere, and it is the business of the Sub Branch to satisfy its members that a person, representing the organisation at a senior level, making claims to be involved in Armed conflicts with Australian Forces and being a ‘veteran’ are not false, particularly when its members have raised concerns.

ANZMI have numerous Statutory Declarations from people and veterans stating that Lenihan has claimed to have been on active service in East Timor with the Australian Army and had witnessed enemy action.  

On a Statutory Declaration it is stated that Mr Williamson said that he had “Seen Lenihan's medals” and that, “Lenihan had burnt and destroyed his medals”.  Mr Williamson now denies having spoken about Lenihan's medals and claims that the Statutory Declaration is false.

Discord, strife and friction prevails at the Maryborough RSL. Staff and Sub-Branch members have provided a number of Statutory Declarations to the effect that, Lenihan has claimed to be a Veteran of the East Timor conflict.  RSL District executives and the Sub-Branch President claim to have no interest in the matter. Lenihan the wannabe refuses to refute that he is a Returned Veteran, nor comment or provide any evidence of ever serving in the Australian Defence Force during Operations in East Timor.

There is no record of Lenihan ever serving as a member of the Australian Army.  Details of his claimed service in East Timor are flawed by his claims that he served in East Timor in 1991 - 1992.  In fact, Australians were not deployed to East Timor until 1999.

As well as Lenihan refusing to provide any evidence of his service we are happy to declare him a wannabe and provide space for him on this website

Surname: Jones
Christian Names: Shannon
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Hobart
Service: Claims ARMY
Case Notes:


Shannon Jones of Hobart Tasmania is a "Love rat". A love rat is a person who makes false claims, about military service, to take advantage of vulnerable women.

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Here are excerpts from social media, where he is lying to an unguarded lady.

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Shannon Jones has "Gym Junkie" credentials, and like a Bird of Paradise, flashes his plumage, and adds the "spice" of being a battle hardened, Army Veteran, to woo potential mates. In essence, his honesty credentials are sorely lacking. Because of what he has written, it is obvious, he is only interested in deceitfully hurtful liaisons, using false military credentials to support his lies.

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Like all idiots of this persuasion, he makes mistakes in the detail. Claims to be owner of Shannons Transport, Company of Glenorchy, that company was de-registered by Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) in 2013

He has named his Afghanistan deployment as "Desert Storm". Australia was a member of the International Coalition, which contributed military forces to the 1991 Gulf War. The deployment was also known as Operation Desert Storm and took place in 1990 -1991. There was no Australian Army involvement in Afghanistan until 2001, and there was no deployment in Afganistan known as "Desert Storm". Also notice he has trouble with the words "tour" and "desert".

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Reckons the Army wants him back as a sniper, to fight in foreign lands. He was born 13 Sep 1969, now aged 51 years, and being asked to rejoin as a sniper, is ludicrous.

All in the Hobart area, beware of Shannon Jones, who steals veterans honour, to hurt women seeking friendship. He is a dishonest "love rat" and conman, his behaviour indicates dishonest behaviour in other aspects of his life.

Jones is not an Australian Army Veteran and is not gentleman's bootlace, so be careful, not to get tied up with him.

Surname: McFarlane
Christian Names: Justin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:

Justin McFarlane aka MacFarlane of Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, may have moved to Bendigo. He claims to have served in the Australian Army during the 1990’s and carried out missions and training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).


As you can see below, he has publicly stated that he served in the SAS and he has bragged about his exploits.


Below is an insert from the above page.


We hold statutory declarations of claims that he has made to people over time, which you can see listed below;

1. He was a member of SASR and trained with the Regiment at Swanbourne in Perth, Western Australia.

2. He was beaten on the legs with a rubber mallet when undergoing anti interrogation training at Swan Island military base in Queenscliffe, Victoria when he was trying to get away from his interrogator.

3. He kidnapped Prime Minister Paul Keating to prove the weakness in security at the Lodge, and drove him around Brindabella Ranges in the boot of a car as part of an SAS exercise.

4. He emphasised that he had authorised and run the operation for the SAS and personally apologised to Paul Keating after the ordeal, in which they blindfolded Paul Keating and took him by vehicle to a distant location prior to releasing him.

5. He served in the Middle East, including the Golan Heights in Israel.

6. That as an SAS sniper, he had Saddam Hussein in the cross-hairs of his sniper rifle but did not shoot him due to  political differences between Russia and the United States of America during the first Gulf War.

7. Claimed to have served in Somalia and Rwanda.

8. He had to comfort the families of Australian Soldiers who passed away during combat.

Justin McFarlane was obviously found out and changed his name to MacFarlane.  He makes no mention of serving in the SAS as can be seen in the post below at the following link.


Justin McFarlane is an outright wannabe who has tried to impress people by telling lies about having served with an elite unit of the Australian Army.  These honourable SAS servicemen have been awarded numerous gallantry awards including two Victoria Crosses for Australia.

McFarlane has never served in the Australian Defence Force.


Justin McFarlane, you have by telling your lies of being a returned serviceman committed an offence under the Defence Act 1903 as amended

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;

(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.

Justin McFarlane, for the despicable lies you have told and the lack of respect shown to the members of the Australian SAS, including your lack of  honour or honesty, you have earned a right to appear on our website.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

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.

Surname: BURNS
Christian Names: Luke
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Ballarat
Service: Army Reserve
Case Notes:



Luke Burns of Ballarat Victoria, is a pathological liar, who can "spruik" false evidence to all and sundry about his fantastic Special Forces Army service.

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Notice that Luke wears a Commando "T" shirt and a bold rising sun tattoo on his breast, to convince the naive, that he is a hardened veteran of the Special Forces genre

We hold Statutory Declarations, detailing that Burns has made the following statements.

"He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team, that was commanded by an SASR, Victoria Cross (VC) winner". Burns is now roaming free from the Army, as, "his SASR team is under investigation for alleged war crimes."

He also claims, "he did three tours of Afghanistan and got shot twice". One of his favourite stories is: "They were under fire, and he blacked out through anger/adrenalin, didn't feel getting shot in the leg, and managed to get one of his mates to safety before collapsing".

In reality the only military service that Burns has had, is in the Australian Army Reserve, and he has never been deployed overseas.

Luke Burns who also uses the Christian name of "Luc" and has a face book account advertising his fanciful military service, as per below:

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Burns, at every opportunity, tells of his being a Special Forces Trooper, who served tours of duty in Afghanistan. In fact, he is liar, with no overseas Defence Service, and the most dangerous military action he has seen, is at an Army Reserve Military Rifle Range in Townsville Australia.

SASR Troopers, who have served in Afghanistan have done the very hard yards. Burns, with his tattoos, T shirts, and lies, has saved himself the trouble of actually being there, and just basks in the admiration from those who believe his lies.

For his past "basking" he is now welcome to the precipitous slopes of Mount ANZMI, where he can "bask" in shame, whilst receiving the ire of Australian and New Zealand Veterans.

Surname: RUGER
Christian Names: Darren aka "Daz"
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Duffys Forest
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


According to Darren "Daz" Ruger, he spent some time, at the home of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Western Australia. In fact it was for two weeks working with a screwdriver, as a contracted civilian technician.

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"Daz" Ruger has extrapolated his false service with the Army, and SASR, way beyond using a screw driver in the barracks. He claims he still goes "on missions" to fight the foe, however, what he tells people about his "missions", are a long way from reality. His "missions" are in fact to five star, overseas holiday destinations, where he enjoys the life of privilege, paid for by the business that he owns.

Ruger was born in either March or April 1973. According to Ruger, he joined the Defence Force, Royal Military College (RMC) aged seventeen years and did an Electronic Satellite Engineer Degree. That training, at RMC, would have taken at least four years, which, would make him twenty one years of age on graduation. He was "then fast tracked to SASR where he served as a "bubble head" ", which, in SASR vernacular, is a specialist operational diver. He would have held the rank of at least Lieutenant, however according to one of the many Statutory Declarations (that we hold) he said "he threw his rank away as he did not believe in rank".

During his years as a civilian, he has maintained that he is an SASR operative, and has been sent on many "missions".

Here is what he has said:

"He went to Africa in the SAS, and killed numerous “black people”
He worked with the CIA, who he provided and held a server of blacklisted people
He went to PNG, to help hunt with a local tribe who would break into a camp and kill and capture “white” people who he then helped kill and eat
He was given a weapon by the leader of the PNG tribe as a thank you for his amazing skills
He was at the 1996 Blackhawk disaster that killed 18 operators.
CIA drafted him to do top secret work.
Sandline approached him direct from the SASR and offered him overseas projects where he served as a mercenary.
He would often take several month long holidays at work and tell people that he had a top secret mission that he wasn’t allowed to talk about, but it involved “killing black people"
He also served with the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS)
He served in Somalia".

We have been accurately advised, through ex service channels, that Ruger has never served in the Australian Defence Force, and therefore his rambling stories of SASR "missions" are tarradiddles, which, brand Ruger as a silly liar, and wannabe, who has chosen to steal the honour of genuine Australian SASR veterans, who have given incredible service. SASR are not cannibals and have committed none of the bovine excreta actions claimed by Ruger.

We hold numerous Statutory Declarations, detailing what Ruger, has directly said to people about his SASR service.

Ruger was politely contacted and requested to provide details of his military service, however he failed to respond.

There is no doubt, that he is well deserved, of being deployed, to a "mission" on the ANZMI website, which is entirely different from real SASR deployments, and entirely different from five star holiday deployments

He can now swap dastardly lies, with the hundreds of others, of his ilk, on secret missions who are listed on the ANZMI.

Advice to Ruger is: "As you sow so shall you reap"

Surname: HICKEY
Christian Names: Mark William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Chinchilla
Service #: 1203933
Service: Army
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: 1970
Completion of service: 1971
Case Notes:


Mark Hickey of Chinchilla, Queensland likes the limelight. He claims that in 1970, he volunteered to join the Australian Army to fight in the Vietnam War. He states that he completed two tours of Vietnam during the 1970s. He informed a Newspaper Journalist that he was a third generation war veteran of the Hickey family.

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The following article details the alleged Army service that Hickey relayed to the Journalist covering Anzac Day on that occasion. Further reports of Hickey’s claimed Vietnam service have come to light since that date, as he continues to lie about active service in the Australian Army. Australia withdrew its military commitment to South Vietnam in 1972, so Hickey’s claims are false.

Insert Chinchilla News article.

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Hickey is a false pretender and a military imposter. His name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll for Vietnam Veterans.

ANZMI have received statements detailing that Hickey, over the past four or five years, informed associates that he attained the rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class, whilst a member of the Australian Army Aviation Corps. When questioned though, he could not remember the names of any persons he served with or the name of his Commanding Officer. Hickey was subsequently reported to ANZMI.

Hickey was contacted by a Researcher and asked to provide details of his Army Service Number , Service details, and in particular, details regarding his claimed two Vietnam War deployments.

He stated that he could not remember his Army Service Number “ I have no idea if that’s my old number, Mum had all that stuff and when her and Dad passed I’m not sure what happened to it”

When asked about the Chinchilla News article he responded -;

He (The Journalist) was supposedly going to do a story about Dad and Grandad when he spoke to me that day and I gave him as much information as I could, he also interviewed a large number of others at the time

One of those was Mark (surname not known) a Vietnam Veteran who served with an Artillery unit, story was somehow his story got mixed into the story about Dad and Grandad”

The problems for Hickey though, are the statements received at ANZMI from former serving Australian Defence Force personnel. These statements include his claims that he is a Vietnam Veteran, a former Warrant Officer and Member of the Aviation Corps. He also did nothing to rectify the news article that describes him as a Vietnam Veteran on three occasions.

Also the headline -;

Mark marches for family
Vietnam veteran proudly reflects on war efforts of three generations of the Hickey family

- makes it difficult to believe Hickey’s assertions that it was all the Journalists fault.

Hickey was also observed at an earlier Anzac Day March in Chinchilla wearing Vietnam medals.

Hickey informed a Researcher that he enlisted in the Australian Army in 1970 and following Recruit Training, he was posted to the Ordnance Corps.

Due to family problems, he states that he was discharged in late 1971. He also denied ever claiming that he was a Vietnam Veteran to any other person.

Hickey was further contacted and asked if he was former Private Mark William Hickey Service number 1203933, who was Court Martialed and discharged by the Australian Army on the 25 July, 1972. He agreed that his name is Mark Hickey and after researching his " Army papers" confirmed that his service number was 1203933.

The below document is recorded at the National Australian Archives Canberra.

Insert Hickey NAA Doc.

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We will leave it up to our readers to make up their own minds about Mr. Mark William Hickey.

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