Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Ackling
Christian Names: Steve
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bribie Island
Case Notes:

Steve Ackling, described as a "club staffer" in the Bribie Island Returned and Services Leagues Club magazine, BEACON, doesn't have pleasant memories of when he was a Sergeant medic during the Gulf war. Despite this Steve was quite happy to pose for a photograph dressed in Army gear on the guard of honour at the unveiling of the memorial wall in Vietnam Veterans Park, on Bribie Island on 13 May 2000. 

Steve can relate quite easily to his four months on active service in Kuwait as a Sergeant in the Australian Army Medical Corps and he will tell you how he helped treat the many American and British wounded. As he said "It's an experience I would never want to have again". The trouble with this statement is, that this "experience" of the Gulf War for Steve Ackling, was watching the world's first and very publicised live TV war, on the television set in his home in Australia. 

All Steve's stories of battles and wounded soldiers has been concocted from what he saw there on the screen in his living room! Steve Ackling does have some military service. He did serve for a period of 5 years in the Australian Army Medical Corps as a medical assistant [Private soldier] between 1981 and 1986. However, he has NO overseas service. CPMH wonders what service is reflected on his membership record at the Bribie Island Returned and Services League where he is employed as "a club staffer".


 

 

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

Surname: Jewell
Christian Names: Matina
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service: Army
Branch: Transport
Case Notes:

Major Matina Jewell – Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association (APPVA) Ambassador.Whenever you look at the APPVA, you see anomalies in the higher echelons of the organization.

Their senior executives have said that “they have no interest in ex Service traditions when it comes to Honours and Awards protocols”. Major Matina Jewell is named as the APPVA Ambassador and she wears unapproved medals with her very adequate Defence rack.

Jewell is wearing six authorized Defence Force medals, as well as two unapproved foreign medals:

Australian Active Service Medal 1975 – with two clasps: Middle East and International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Australian Service Medal 1975 with two clasps: Solomon Islands I, Solomon Islands II

Australian Defence Long Service Medal

Australian Defence Service Medal

United Nations Medal – UNTSO with numeral 2

Unapproved foreign medals that should be worn on her right breast

Republic of Lebanon War Medal – Awarded for acts of bravery in war.

Republic of Lebanon Wounded in Combat Medal – Awarded to military personnel wounded in war.

Here are the two unapproved medals:

Jewell’s story is one of achievement and minor celebrity status, yet despite her success, she wears unapproved foreign medals spliced to her Defence rack. The foreign medals may have been hard earned but protocol demands she wear them on her right breast, and as an APPVA Ambassador, it behooves her to set an example and follow medals protocol.

The Governor Generals Department issues Gazettes detailing which foreign medals may be approved to be worn with Defence Force medals. Here are extracts from that Gazette.

   

   

Below is an extract from the Schedule of Foreign Awards from Lebanon that may be approved. The medals worn by Jewell are not on the list:

As a result of a previous President of the APPVA Mr Paul Copeland being exposed as a medals cheat, we have had a landslide of reports and photographs illustrating the Cavalier attitude of senior members of the APPVA and we will show them on this web site one by one.

The Rank and File members of the APPVA must consider the behaviour of the higher echelons of their organization who are trashing the traditions and protocols that ex Servicemen have followed for One Hundred years

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

Surname: Littlefield
Christian Names: Colin
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Ballina
Service #: None Known
Service: None Known
Branch: None Known
Commencement of service: None Known
Completion of service: None Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Colin Littlefield is a genuine fake Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Officer.

This photograph was taken prior to September 2015 at the Ballina, Cherry Street, Sports Club.

Can you imagine what an Admiral's exclamation would be if he sighted Littlefield loitering anywhere near his Fleet.  Believe there would be an "Ahoy there who the what the  hell are you".  This next photograph was taken on Remembrance Day 2015 in Ballina.

We were unable to find any sign of a retired Navy Officer named Littlefield and therefore decided to enquire direct to Littlefield:

 

We received the following rambling responses:

We don't know whether the writer was Littlefield or Mrs Hicks.  Littlefield was quite "chipper" on Remembrance Day 2015. In light of our long experience with such matters it appears that Littlefield has suddenly developed a cache of chronic diseases to play the sympathy card.  This report relates to what we know he has done up to November 2015. Any health issues he may have developed since that time are not cogent to the situation.

Littlefield has:

Falsely claimed to have served as a Commissioned Royal Australian Navy Officer.

Falsely represented to be a returned Navy Officer

Improperly used service decoration

Brought contempt on the RAN uniform

He deserves to be charged for each of those offences. 

Australian and New Zealand Veterans  are unlucky, and Littlefield is lucky as he resides in New South Wales which is the only Eastern State that is too lazy to charge those who offend against the Defence Act.  Should he reside in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania he would be quickly dealt with by State Police.

We will make sure that the people of Ballina New South Wales are well aware of Littlefield's outrageous, criminal behaviour and treat him with the lack of respect that he deserves.

Welcome aboard Littlefield

 

Surname: Boese
Christian Names: Sydney Keith
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Worongary
Service: NZ Army
Case Notes:

Updated 03 Nov 2013

Sydney Keith BOESE, Date of Birth, 3 July, 1938 of Worongary, Queensland, claims to have served in Malaya and Borneo with the New Zealand Army, Service Number 775278. To see why he appears on our site, see below -;

 

As yet,  we have not been able to prove or disprove if Sydney Boese served in the New Zealand Army with the 2 ndBattalion or in Malaya. We did receive a copy of a number of documents from unknown sources. These include his Statement of Service with the New Zealand Defence Force, which appears to be a computer generated document, as well as a signed declaration to join an organization by Sydney Boese, in which he claims to have served in Malaya and Borneo.

You will notice the dates of service are from 27 April 1959 to 24 July 1960.  We will refer to this when we identify his medals and service in Borneo. It would be appreciated if anyone could advise us if the Statement of Service is the correct Certificate of Service for that time period.

We are in possession of a Statutory Declaration, together with other information on Sydney Boese.

Sydney Boese could not have served in Borneo as he was no longer in the New Zealand Army, (According to his Statement of Service) as elements of the 1 stRoyal New Zealand Infantry Regiment were not deployed to Borneo till May 1965. He would also have been awarded the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Borneo.

Sydney Boese is a member of the Southport RSL in Queensland and also the following organizations -; the Coastguard, Australian American Association and the Gold Coast Show.

When you look at the two photos of Boese, he is wearing three official Medals as well as three unofficial commemorative medals. The first three medals are official medals issued by the New Zealand Defence Force. The official medals from left to right are as follows -;

New Zealand Operational Medal.

General Service Medal 1918-1962, clasp possibly Malaya.

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. (official commemorative medal issued by the Malaysian Government)

The other three medals are unofficial commemorative medals (better known as Tin medals which serve no purpose) that can be purchased at Medal Shops and should never be worn on the left breast, especially with awarded official medals.

The fourth medal is the Compulsory Military Training Medal 1949 to 1958 which looks similar to the Australian Service Medal 1945-1975. Now if Sydney Boese’s Statement of Service is correct, he should not be wearing this unofficial medal as his service began in 1959.

The fifth medal is the unofficial 150 thAnniversary of the New Zealand Army Medal.

The unofficial medal which he wears separately on the left breast is the commemorative 90 thAnniversary of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association.

It is clear that Sydney Boese conducts himself as some kind of hero by wearing extra medals he is not officially entitled to wear.

The average citizen would not know the difference between an official and an unofficial medal or if it is a campaign, long service or a defence service medal. Seeing a serving or ex-serving member of the Defence Force wearing a large rack of medals would most likely give them the impression the person must have been involved in a number of conflicts.

The RSL Sub-Branch of Southport would have the file dealing with the Protocol of Wearing Medals and the instructions relating to the wearing of unofficial commemorative medals. The members of the committee at the Southport RSL should be enforcing these protocols and leading by example ensuring that all members of the Sub-Branch adhere to the correct wearing of medals.

This applies to all ex service organizations.  Should they fail to follow these instructions, which have also been published by the Government and the RSL itself, they are failing in their responsibility as committee members by allowing anyone into their organizations to wear tin medals.

Sydney Boese, you and others like you, who wear unofficial commemorative medals and those that allow you to wear such tin medals, show a complete lack of respect to all current and former servicemen and women, who comply with the correct wearing of medals issued to them and feel they don’t have to enhance their service to the nation by wearing medals that have to be purchased.

If you are not aware of it, the New Zealand Defence Force has an official medal you would be entitled to wear called the New Zealand Defence Service Medal which can be worn with one of four different clasps on submitting an application if you did serve at all.

Sydney Boese, for your lack of respect regarding the wearing of medals you will grace our web site. Our advice to you is to get rid of the tin medals and wear medals that have been officially awarded to you.

Update 3 Nov 2013

The Southport Returned Services League (RSL) Sub Branch in Queensland rewards medal cheats that appear on our site by voting them into executive positions as is the case with Sydney Keith Boese as well as Mark Tull, who was voted in as Secretary and also appears on our site at the following link.

http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=63&sid=372:Tull

Is it no wonder that many ex-servicemen including the younger veterans will not have anything to do with the RSL when they fail to uphold the proper protocols of wearing medals and instead of suspending medals cheats, they reward them by voting them onto the Sub-Branch committees.
 
It shows that such Sub-Branches have no integrity or honour towards ex-servicemen as a whole but only their own wellbeing in maintaining the numbers that they have.

It is time that the Queensland State RSL sent a clear message to their Sub-Branches to uphold the proper protocols and traditions of the RSL to earn the respect of ex-servicemen, and maybe then they will encourage more members to join the League.

 

Update - Sydney Keith "Slim" Boese -  02 Nov 14

The ex New Zealand Army Veteran, Sydney "Slim" Boese attended the Queensland Returned Services League (RSL) 2014 Annual General Meeting in Townsville, Far North Queensland.

One would opine that an exposed medals cheat would not have the audacity to attend an RSL State Annual General Meeting (AGM) still wearing "Tin" medals. The offensive medals are the last two that are shown in the photo above and in our original exposure.

From the smile on his face it appears that no person at the RSL meeting deigned to advise Boese that his behaviour is offensive. In 2013 Boese was Treasurer of the Southport RSL. As the RSL has not published details of its 2014 Committee following their AGM in June 2014 we don't know if Boese is still a senior executive. If he is, it is a damn disgrace that this ex New Zealand serviceman is allowed to get away with flouting the traditions of ANZAC Veterans. The New Zealand Goverment has the same policy about "Tin" Medals as the Australian Government and that is.
if you must wear them, wear them on the right side. Those who add them to their Defence medals and wear them on their left breast obviously have psychological issues.

We ask the Southport RSL to lift their game, and advise Boese to get the medals off his NZ Defence rack.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements 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.

 

Update Boese 16 Jan 16

So it seems that the committee and members of the Southport RSL Sub-branch still don't get it!  Either that or they simply don't care about the adverse publicity they have had directed at them by ANZMI.

 

As stated in a recent Southport Sub-branch newsletter, "There has been a significant amount of turmoil within the management of the sub-branch and all members should be made aware of some of the circumstances of this turmoil."  Seems to be some similarity to the shuffling the deck-chairs on the Titanic!

The fact that both the former president and deputy president should not only resign their positions on the sub-branch committee but also from the RSL sub-branch itself! Seems that something is indeed rotten in the State of Southport. Although one of the resignations, that of president Lawrie Pollard, will not see any ANZMI flags lowered to half-mast. Pollard was himself the subject of a very in-depth investigation by ANZMI.

However, our real concern at the latest fractious behaviour within the sub-branch executive is the appointment of wannabe Sydney 'Slim' Boese to the positions of vice president and treasurer!  We suspect, that like the SS Titanic, there are icebergs aplenty on the horizon for the Southport RSL Sub-branch. 

 

 

 

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Surname: Castle
Christian Names: Jody
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

DECEASED - September 2015

337384 Brigadier J(Jody) Castle

RNZASC- 16 Field Regiment, North Island, New Zealand

 

It  is not often that CPMH runs across a larger than life mug who obviously has no fear of the Veteran community or the laws in place for impersonating a Veteran.    This charming gentleman graced the St Kilda RSL, Melbourne in all his finery and expected the members there to be kind and courteous to him on the day, as, after all, he is a New Zealand Brigadier.   He was indeed shown the respect he deserved by the Veterans and the full story will appear here soon.  In the meanwhile just browse the photographs and see if you can pick any faults with the good Brigadier's dress and bearing.


Perhaps you too may have run across the Brigadier.  We at the site would be interested in any information you may have.  Send it here information@anzmi.net   Or maybe you encountered and took photos of an impostor in your area on Anzac day.  Please send them through to us along with their story and we will ensure that all Veterans get to know about their heroic exploits via these pages.

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




UPDATE: JODY Charles CASTLE 30 Sep 14


"Brigadier" Jodie Charles Castle is a recidivist liar, cheat and wannabe. He was originally "outed" many years ago by ANZMI after wandering into the St Kilda RSL wearing the uniform of a New Zealand Army Brigadier, complete with campaign medals. He now resides in the Oakleigh area of Melbourne, Victoria. Here is what he looks like now:

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Note that his camouflage clothes shows him as a New Zealand Korea war Veteran. He has been attending suburban Rugby matches wearing his "Cam clothes" and also a bright red blazer of the 28th Maori Battalion Association.

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The 28th Maori Battalion Association is now defunct and information is not available regarding past or present members.

The Royal New Zealand Army Association has never heard of Castle.

The Australian Returned Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of New Zealand Veterans have never heard of Castle

His real military history is hard to track, however we believe he could be ex New Zealand Soldier

Regimental Number: 337384 Ex Private J Castle of 10th Coy Royal New Zealand Army Service Corp.

When asked about his military background he said:

"I had a falling out with the President of the St.Kilda RSL who did not recognise our South Eastern campaign War even though I have been a member there since 1986 and had the honour of taking my NZ Maori 28th Battalion Unit Contingent there for 3 days, 48 Soldiers in all proof of that visit in all the photos of that visit, though since then the Vietnam Vets now Rule the roost and have taken over the RSL. I am now a member (Life)with the Dandenong Branch."

When asked "What the South Eastern campaign War was" he said:

"South Eastern(Asian)Korea/Japan/China/Guam Skirmishes etc eventually including Vietnam. Occupational included after the 2nd World War"

In our original exposure when Castle was removed from the St Kilda RSL he was wearing Vietnam Campaign medals and therefore purporting to be a Vietnam Veteran, so he should have been "at home" at the St Kilda RSL.

In reality he was kicked out of the St Kilda RSL for being a big goose of an impostor for (very untidily) wearing the uniform of an New Zealand Army Brigadier.

We know this man is a liar, fraud and wannabe.

We know he did not serve in Korea or Vietnam with the New Zealand Army.

We know he was never a Commissioned Officer in any Army, however we don't know the details of his New Zealand past.

Someone from the Isle of the Long White Cloud must know Castle and his past.

We would very much appreciate information about him so that his posterity will know the full and true military history of Jody Castle

 

Surname: Lawrence aka Crocker
Christian Names: Betty Irene
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service #: F431
Service: Army
Branch: RAANC
Commencement of service: 30 Jul 51
Completion of service: 05 Jul 55
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Betty Irene Lawrence is the female version of South Australia's Gerald Harrison who features on this web site:

Harrison-(Previously-known-as-Edward-Ernest-John-Carr)

Like Harrison she is from South Australia, she served in the Korea War and has greatly exaggerated her service.  They have been aiding and abetting each others lies for at least the last fifteen years.  In fact we are reliably advised that they submitted the recommendations for the Order of Australia Medals OAM for each other.  Here is a photograph of both Lawrence and Harrison.

Supporting these two liars is a well known South Australian (SA) professional veteran,  former Veterans SA Director, Bill Denny.  For our work of reporting the truth about Harrison and exposing him as a liar and a fraud Denny said  "ANZMI are Scumbags". He further said"I understand he said he was at certain battles and he was not, there's no doubt Gerry has done something wrong".  We would like to think that a professional veteran like Denny would have a better grasp of reality.  We identified a fraudulent veteran in his area, and he, as a Veteran leader believes that because Harrison is a "good bloke" he can falsify his military history to make himself an heroic figure, instead of the normal soldier that he was.  Denny is not a fit and proper person to be a leader in the veteran community.  Here is a photograph of our antagonist William Thomas Denny.

Lawrence's service, without the exaggeration would have been very satisfactory to most people, but with the help of Harrison, she has for many years put forward a chain of lies to produce a distorted version of her time in Korea.

Her total service in Korea was from 7 January 1953 to 14 February 1953 a total of Thirty Nine days.

She has gained minor celebrity status through false reports to the media.

On 25 April 2008, she told an Adelaide News paper:

"One of her most vivid memories of the war was when she treated soldiers in Japan who had been attacked by Chinese Soldiers in Korea.  It was a freezing night  a Scottish Regiment was out in the field and unbeknownst to them the Chinese had surrounded them.  They just slaughtered them.  I will always remember the face of a poor Scottish boy who I was preparing for surgery. He died on the Theatre Table".

She was not in Korea or Japan when this event took place in April 1951.  She had not joined the Army until three months after the battle of the Imjim River involving the Gloucestershire  Regiment.

From the Southern Argus 2003

"She was the only South Australian Nursing Sister to serve in Korea during the time of fighting."

There were others  and they are all named on the Department of Veterans Affairs Korea Nominal Roll.  .

"As a theatre Sister she served two months of winter in Korea making two trips with the time between spent in the hospital in Japan".

She was in Korea once only for 39 days working in wards only. She could not have been a Theatre Nurse as there were no operating theatres at the Australian Ancillery Unit, Seoul Korea.

"Betty Lawrence has vivid memories of her time in mobile hospitals in Japan and Korea."

She was never in a "Mobile" Hospital. Below are photographs of both hospitals in both locations where she served

"Mrs Lawrence served as a Theatre Sister with British Commonwealth Occupation Force Hospitals in Japan and Korea for three years before returning home after contracting viral disease". 

She did not spend three years overseas.  She was in Japan from the end of March 1952.  She went to Korea from Japan 7 Jan 1953 and returned to Japan 14 February 1953.  She was hospitalised  with an illness and returned to Australia aboard the ship "New Australia" at the end of March 1953.

"This year the Korean veterans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Kapyong which Betty says was a horrendous battle between UN forces were battling the Chinese backed North Korean Army, along the 38th parallel and many wounded Australian's came to her Seoul hospital just 50 km behind the front.  Part of Betty's job was to head to the front line in a truck under enemy fire, pick up soldiers being treated at outposts. It was the first time Nursing officers had been on the front line".

Nursing Sisters did not go to the front line to pick up the wounded. Soldiers of the Royal Australian Medical Corps did the pickups.

As well as to various newspapers, like Harrison, Lawrence has provided a false verbal history of her service to the South Australian State Library.  The minions at the State Library refuse to remove the interview  and say they will let the public judge who is telling the truth. This was the same lame response to the iniquitous  Harrison interview, which is also lodged in the SA State Library. Type the reference below into Google and her interview will appear

South Australians at War – transcript – OH 644/7

It is disappointing that a Nursing Sister who travelled to Korea and did the work that was expected of her, should resort to gross exaggeration of her service. She has been a leading light in the SA Korea Veterans community and now  along with Harrison is a  proven  liar who has greatly exaggerated her Korea service.

Despite what arrogent self aggrandising  professional veterans like Denny says,  we will continue to identify and expose frauds liars and wannabes in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran communities.

We welcome Betty Irene Lawrence nee Crocker to our web site where her military history has been corrected

 

 

 

 

 

 

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