Alexander Robert Fullarton, 58 years of age, is well known in Carnarvon, Western Australia, as a businessman, and a local Councillor.
His Facebook page is pretentious and descriptive with his declared business successes over the years and photographs of all his accomplishments including a PhD in Taxation Law, and a current Councillor for the Carnarvon Council.
He promotes himself as a person of apparent good standing within his community on his Facebook page, his Linked in page and his website.
However, we have also been sent photographs of Alexander Fullarton by concerned members of the community, who have observed him wearing military medals that he has not been awarded officially at Anzac Day services over the years, and at other commemorative occasions.
In the above photograph taken at a Remembrance Service in the recent past, Fullarton is wearing the Australian Defence Medal, together with the "Shire of Upper Gascoyne Centenary Medal," and the Citizens Military Forces/Reserve Forces tin unofficial medal.
In the photograph above taken at the 2014 Anzac Day March at Carnarvon, Alexander Fullarton is wearing the following medals on his left chest.
Medal 1. The Australian Operational Service Medal. (No clasp)(Civilian)
Proclaimed in 2012, the Australian Operational Service Medal (civilian) is awarded for service on specific operations listed on "Its an Honour" for an aggregate period of not less than thirty days. Civilians who serve alongside the Australian Defence Force and are subject to the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982, may be awarded a civilian variant of the medal. It is awarded with a standard civilian ribbon and a clasp denoting the operation. (e.g. Tanager, Citadel, Spire, Slipper etc.).
The medal recognises the range of Border Protection operations since 1997 for military personnel and 2001 for civilians who were employed on a declared operation for not less than thirty days.
Defence Force civilians and other qualified civilians who are/were engaged with Australian Defence Force personnel are awarded with the medal and clasp if they meet the criteria listed. All operations with civilian approval for these medals commenced on or after the 11 October 2001 (Operation Slipper) and all relevant operations listed are overseas postings.
Fullarton has had no overseas military or civilian service with the Australian Military Forces. His declared Facebook Commonwealth Quarantine Service employment from August, 1978, where he states he performed "Coastal Surveillance" until he left that Agency in 1980, does not qualify him to wear this medal. In any case, the medal recognises operations after 1997 for military personnel and 2001 for civilians. Fullarton was well out of Quarantine Services by 2001. He has purchased it over the internet or a Medals Shop for about $25.00.
Medal 2. The Australian Defence Medal.
The Australian Defence Medal recognises current and former ADF personnel who completed an initial enlistment period, or, four years service, whichever was the lesser. It includes the CMF/Australian Reserves and former National Servicemen with qualifying service. Fullarton has apparently been issued with this medal.
Medal 3. The "Shire of Upper Gascoyne Centenary Medal."
A commemorative Local Government medal issued to Fullarton in 2005. There are strict protocols issued by the Commonwealth Governor General's Office that declare State issued or Local awards that have not been issued by the Sovereign, should not to be mixed on the left side with medals that are issued by the Sovereign. (The Upper Gascoyne Council have given themselves permission to wear this medal on the left side and one of the approving Council officers appears to also be a recipient of this award.) Government Gazette Reference LG401. Centenary Medal. 1 July, 2008.)
The Commonwealth Governor General's protocols are superior and outweigh State and Local Councils on this issue every time. The Council decision is wrong and it disrespects Commonwealth protocols regarding military awards worn on the left side. They should reconsider this poor decision out of respect for all former and serving military personnel, in particular, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. When it is all said and done, it is only a centenary medal.
Medal 4. The Australian CMF and Reserved Forces Medal.
This is an unofficial worthless tin medal that has no significance whatsoever. It is purchased at a Medals shop or over the Internet for about $20 - $30. It only adds to a wannabee's desires of self importance and ego to enhance his/her standing in the community. If you have to buy it, you did not earn it.
Medal 5. The Commemorative Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Above the four court mounted medals on Fullarton's left breast is this diamond shaped Commonwealth Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. It was struck in England to commemorate the Queens 60th anniversary of the reign of the monarch. It is an unofficial purchased commemorative tin medal that should not be worn on the left side. The cost of the medal on the internet is Forty two pounds and fifty pence and it is a nice little earn for Medal Dealers. Fullarton has also purchased this medal and worn it to improve his rack and status.
On his right chest he is wearing what we believe are the medals of a family member.
Fullarton claims on his Facebook page that in August, 1975, he joined the 28th Infantry Battalion, (Citizens Military Forces - CMF.) He states that he was then transferred to 109 Signals Squadron in 1977 and left the CMF in 1978. He states that in 1978, he joined the Commonwealth Quarantine Service, Coastal Surveillance for two years. In 1980 he left this employment. He states that in 1987 he rejoined the CMF/Australian Reserves as a "Direct Entry Officer" in the 5 Royal Australian Army Pay Corps. (RAAPC) He does not indicate a "Date of Discharge." He also refers to this on his Linkedin page.
The above photograph is not good quality, but it clearly shows Fullarton wearing the rank of a Commissioned Army Officer, Lieutenant, with the Defence Service medal and two others whilst wearing a kilt. (probably the council medal and the tin CMF medal) We are not sure of the significance of the kilt with Commissioned Officer rank on his jacket.
On his website,
Fullarton displays the above photograph dressed in the kilt. Under this photo is the caption, "Piper Lt Fullarton lays a wreath at the East Carnarvon Anzac Day ceremony".
However, our inquiries reveal that 546295 Alexander Robert Fullarton enlisted in the CMF in 1975, as a Private soldier, served for 12 months and left in 1976 as a Private Soldier and not 1978 as he claims. He again rejoined in 1987, as a Private Soldier, where he again served for 12 months and left in 1988. He was discharged as a "Private" in the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps. (RAAPC).
He has apparently been awarded the Australian Defence Medal but no other medals for his brief part time military service.
Following his latest display of medals at Carnarvon on Anzac Day 2014, where it was ascertained that his medal rack has increased somewhat from the previous year's photograph, we sent Fullarton a request asking him to identify all the medals he wears and how he obtained them.
He sent a response informing us that everything was in order and that he would respond to our request "when he had a moment."
Fullarton replied to our request four days later and stated the following inter alia;
1. He had been advised that "he could not send us any documents we have requested as a caution to identity theft".
2. "As to the uniform, it is my band uniform as a member of the Gascoyne Pipes and Drums. As such, it is a costume not a military uniform and the badges etc etc, do not apply as purporting to be anything more than that. The wearing of such falls under theatrics as in the actors of "Patrol Boat" and other television dramas".
3. "As to my entry as a DEO (Direct Entry Officer) to the 5 RAAPC, I have confirmation of my qualifications to do so provided by the OC of the unit in 1987. I duly enlisted as such and the process commenced. Due to changes in personal circumstances, I was compelled to withdraw from the unit. In truth I am unsure as to how far the process was completed, whether it was terminated, reversed, or simply not proceeded with. Given I have the confirmation of entry from my CO, I do not feel it unreasonable to state I was accepted as a DEO by the Paycorp. That is a fact."
4. "I admit the AOSM (Australian Operational Service Medal) award remains "pending" at this stage and shall remove it until confirmed. In addition I agree that the unofficial medals should be worn on the right breast. I am aware I have broken no laws in this matter, however, I believe that you are correct, it does not set a good example and I shall review those."
5. "I was an Officer of Cadets for a short time, but again, that is not a Defence Force position, it is, as with my band, a civilian matter."
Fullarton is cunning. He has embellished situations to try and portray an overall picture of himself that he was a Commissioned Officer, Lieutenant in the Army Pay Corps.
He has stated on his website that he is Piper Lieutenant Fullarton.
He claims Direct Entry Officer Lieutenant rank into the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps.
We have evidence that he also refers to himself as Lieutenant on other occasions in front of others.
He claims the Scottish regalia is a costume he wears in the Gascoyne Pipes and Drums Band. From all our inquiries, we are unable to establish that this band exists. However, why would he place the rank of Lieutenant stars on his "costume?" Would the reason be to impress members of the Public and portray an image of a Commissioned Officer of some kind when he is/was not.
He discharged as a Private part time soldier. Why not proudly wear this rank on his "costume"?
You be the judge.
His description of his Direct Entry Officer process is laughable. When you read it, he does not know whether he was ever a Direct Entry Officer or not. Sillier still, he does not think it "unreasonable" to state that he was "accepted" as a "Direct Entry Officer" to the Pay Corps. He knows he was never a Commissioned Officer in the RAAPC. He was a Private part time soldier. Still it looks good on his Facebook page, 27 years later.
He states that his Australian Operational Service Medal is "pending" and that he shall remove it "until confirmed" . Fullarton knows he does not qualify for this important and prestigious medal, yet he has worn it on Anzac Day, of all sacred days with his other tin medals that he will "review".
You have to actually meet the criteria to wear official medals and be awarded with them. Fullarton does not meet the criteria and has not been awarded with it. He purchased it somewhere and decided to wear it on Anzac Day.
Fullarton is a public figure in Carnarvon, Western Australia. He has put himself out there as a community leader by his involvement in local affairs. He refers to himself as Doctor Alexander Fullarton. He has been a Councillor on the Carnarvon Council since October 2013 as the representative for the Pastoral Ward, Shire of Carnarvon. His term expires in October, 2015.
Fullarton's claims to having been a former Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps with Direct Lieutenant Officer entry in 1987, and that he is a genuine recipient of the award of the Australian Operational Service Medal.(civilian) are lies. He is a false pretender and he knows it.
The concerning part about all this, is that Fullarton is a current Councillor on the Carnarvon Council.
By wearing purchased tin medals that he has not been awarded, and having them court mounted and worn on the left breast, he demeans the significance of all official military medals awarded to every serviceman and woman, whether deceased or alive.
These actions are a blight on his integrity and he is making himself out to be someone he is not. The general public would not know of his true medal entitlements and probably admire him as a hero, giving him courtesies that he does not deserve.
However, Alexander Fullarton, I can assure you, that every returned and current serviceman or woman who observe you wearing these non awarded medals are appalled at your lack of respect for them and medals protocol in Australia. You have treated your colleagues with total disrespect.
As a non returned veteran of the military however, it is something that you will probably never understand.
According to his Linkedin page, Fullarton was the Secretary/President of the Gascoyne RSL Sub Branch Western Australia, from April, 1998 to March 2012. You would think that someone with 14 years experience as an executive in the RSL movement would know the correct protocols of wearing official medals and purchased medals.
Our advice to Alexander Fullarton is that you are a pretentious wannabee and a fraud.
Fullarton states that he will "review" his decision to wear the unauthorised medals.
Our advice is to remove the offending medals that you have not earned immediately, and send a letter of apology to your local RSL., and all its members, for your appalling lack of judgement over a long period of time.
The Western Australian RSL State Headquarters should also summon Fullarton to explain his deceitful behaviour and take appropriate action.
By wearing the official Australian Operational Service Medal (civilian), Fullarton has committed an offence against the Australian Defence Act 1903, as amended,
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.
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