Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'L'

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:


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







Surname: Lawson
Christian Names: Joshua Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Fremantle
Service: Army
Branch: Medic
Case Notes:

Joshua Douglas Lawson of Rockingham Western Australia

Joshua Douglas Lawson thrilled the crowds at the Fremantle ANZAC Day 2013 March with his heavy rack of “warriors” medals.


 In reality he served his entire military career without leaving the shores of Australia

Lawson served for six years in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.  According to Lawson he was deployed with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) to Iraq. There is considerable difference between Lawson’s “SASR service” and reality. His only involvement with SASR was to attend a six weeks course. We are reliably advised that he never completed the course and was returned to his unit in Townsville Queensland.

Placing fraudulent photographs on Facebook is not a good strategy. There are many who had served with him, who noticed his ANZAC Day Facebook photograph, and were quick to provide us with the truth or his service.

It is difficult to comprehend how a person can tell blatant lies to his loved ones and friends, but as you can see in the extract below, some of Lawson’s friends and family believe his lies of overseas deployments. One friend must be suspicious because he asks “Why first year with his gongs”


When the evidence was gathered a simple invitation was sent to Lawson requesting he provide information to prove his entitlement to wear six medals. Lawson was requested three times to produce his bona fides but on each occasion he refused to co-operate.

“25 May

to Joshua

Last ANZAC Day you were wearing at least six medals indicative of multiple Defence Deployments. All you need to do is advise us that the medals you wore were issued to you.

We have no leanings one way or the other in this matter and advice from you could well end our enquiries.


“Joshua Lawson

25 May (4 days ago)

to me

As stated before, I don't recognise any official authority that you have. I simply don't talk about my time in the defence force. Especially to strangers that I don't know.

So go ahead with your investigation mate. Please understand that it is not that I am inhibiting you, I just don't know you.

P.S. I do like your website though, it was an entertaining read. I'm unsure how I'd never heard of this before”

Because of the quality of the photograph we are unable to clearly identify the six medals he is wearing, we have a Statutory Declaration declaring that he is wearing an Iraq deployment medal and the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM).  The last medal on the right hand side is identifiable as the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). The other three we are unsure of, except that we know he has no entitlement to wear any medal except for the ADM. The ADM is awarded to all Defence personnel who complete at least four years voluntary service and Lawson meets that criteria.

Lawson is a major “lily gilding” wannabe, he has purchased five extra medals and added them to his ADM. There is a tidal wave of cheats like Lawson who are making themselves infamous by advertising false military histories on the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn.

We challenge Lawson to name any veteran who can attest to him having operational service, without doubt he cannot do so, as he never left Australia during his six years of Defence Service.

There is a tidal wave of wannabes who are using the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn to purvey false Military Histories; this is a stupid move because genuine Veterans and ex Service Men and Women also subscribe to these programs and the chances of being recognized are very high.

Lawson is a liar, cheat and wannabe who decided to turn his mundane military career into that of a much deployed SASR hero, Lawson has been comprehensively caught, named and shamed, as will all, who claim false military histories.

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: Le'Raye
Christian Names: Ian Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Parafields Gardens
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

In 1966 Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye of Parafields Gardens in South Australia spent 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour in Vietnam and now disgusts Veterans with his lies about his Vietnam Service and the role he alleges HMAS Vampire had in that war.


Here is what he had to say:




In the Newspaper article Le`Raye said that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnamese coastline and that they could have hit an orphanage. Le`Raye also says he completed “one tour of Vietnam”, lies about HMAS Vampire’s role, and pontificates about the Vietnam war in general.  In fact, Le`Raye spent  less than 2 days in Vung Tau Harbour and most likely never set foot on Vietnamese soil.  Below is the relevant page from the Report of Proceedings (RoPs) for HMAS Vampire during the month of May 1966.   Vampire’s activities in Vietnam in May 1966 are detailed.


RoPs show that HMAS Vampire escorted HMAS Sydney into Vung Tau Harbour and tied up at 0825 hrs on Wednesday 4th May 1966, then weighed anchor at 0600 hrs Friday 6th May 1966, and departed to provide a departure screen for HMAS Sydney. Following that task, Vampire proceeded to Hong Kong.  At no time after departing Vung Tau did HMAS Vampire fire shots, nor did Vampire fire shots in Vietnam waters at any time during the whole period of the Vietnam War.. 

Here is a paragraph about the history of HMAS Vampire:

“Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1959, Vampire served in Fleet Tours and Naval exercises in the 1960s as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve with SEATO (South East Asia treaty Organisation). It took part in exercises off Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia in 1965 and made troop escort runs to Vietnam in 1965-1967 and again in 1969. She was never directly involved in any action.”

You will notice in the photograph that Le`Raye has added two self purchased “Tin Medals” to his rack of authorized medals. It is against protocol of The Department of Defence Honours and Awards Section and the South Australian Returned and Services League to wear “Tin Medals” on the left breast mixed with authorized medals.

Honours and Awards policy for unofficial medals is:

“unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.”

South Australia Returned Services League (RSL) Policy is:


The RSL actively discourages the wearing of non official medals at RSL and other ceremonial or commemorative functions. 

“If Commemorative Medals are worn, they should be positioned on the right breast and not mixed with Service Medals or Decorations”.

 As Le`Raye was speaking as a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA) of South Australia, Northern Suburbs Branch, we enquired to that organization regarding  Le`Raye. We received a fast and threatening response from the Public Officer of that organization, all written in capitals to emphasize that they mean business.  

 ---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: VVAASA_Assoc <vietvetsa@chariot.net.au>

Date: 23 August 2011 10:53

Subject: ian leraye

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

 DEAR xxxx





In a response to the threat from Coppock we said (in part):

“Your threat of litigation is most unseemly, and in any case the first defence to that kind of litigation is the truth. We will present the truth, whilst Le'Raye has lied.”

Le`Raye is wearing two self purchased, unofficial “Tin Medals” on his left breast, they are; 

Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal.

This unauthorized medal duplicates the official Vietnam Logistic Support Medal that Le`Raye is also wearing

Far East Strategic Reserve Medal.

Le`Raye is wearing a clasp FESR to his Australian Army Service Medal that officially reflects his FESR service. The “Tin” FESR Medal is a meaningless trinket.

Both of the above medals are “double up” silly trinkets, designed to make the medals rack a little bigger, maybe with sailors, size does matter.

The Government Department of Honours and Awards and the RSL clearly state that wearing “Tin” medals with legitimate racks is against protocol. Navy Veterans are the most common offenders, and it is obvious that Mr Coppock and the VVAA of South Australia also support the wearing of “Tin”.

To Summarize:

Le`Raye falsely states that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnam Coast from about 8 km off shore.

Le`Raye falsely states that “Army Spotters” and RAN ships were cavalier and careless enough to bombard Orphanages.

Le`Raye has grossly exaggerated his role in the Vietnam war considering that his total experience was 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour on board a war ship.

Le`Raye said “he had served in conflicts in Malaysia and the Far East but said Vietnam left different scars. It was not a nice war.”

Le`Raye also falsely enhances his Navy Service by wearing unauthorized “Tin” medals.

Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye for all of the things above, welcome to our web site.

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: Lecher
Christian Names: Geoffrey Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Narooma
Service: CMF/Army Reserve
Case Notes:

Geoffrey Russell Lecher, Narooma Medal Cheat



Lecher has been big noting himself around Narooma for years with innuendo of Vietnam Service and problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs mishandling his compensation “claims’.  Here is a photograph of Lecher taken at Narooma, he is wearing four medals.



He has no entitlement to wear the most important medal, the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp Malaya (first on the left) The second and third medals are legitimate and awarded for time served in the Citizens Military Forces.  The fourth is the National Service Commemorative medal. The guidelines for this medal have become very confused and  Defence Honours and Awards now adjudicates on individuals bona fides .  Lecher was never a National Serviceman but may be eligible by special dispensation because of his CMF service; in any case his main offence is falsely wearing the prestigious Australian Active Service Medal.


We have Lecher’s full Service Record and include an example below for the period 28 September 1960 to 15 July 1965.  He was discharged at “His own request” on 28 July 1966, and then re-enlisted in the Army Reserve on 6 Sep 1972. He then served on until 29 August 1988.



For those good citizens of Narooma who have been harassed and lied to by Geoffrey Russell Lecher please be advised that you have the last laugh because;

1.      Lecher has never been involved in operational or war service.

2.      He did not serve in Vietnam.

3.      He has never served in Malaya and has no entitlement to wear the Australian Active Service medal with clasp Malaya.

4.      Although he has a file with Department of Veterans Affairs he has no accepted disabilities resulting from any active military service.

Lecher had plenty of opportunity to serve in operational areas, all he had to do was enlist in the Australian Regular Army during the 1960s and request service in Vietnam, and he didn’t do it and chose to be discharged from the CMF [Citizens Military Force] during the Vietnam war and not re-enlist until it was all over.  Cheats like Lecher believe their lies will be concealed by elapsed time.  He is wrong, as are all frauds liars, cheats and wannabes who infest the Veteran community.

ANZMI has every genuine Veteran keeping a vigil on the integrity of the Veteran community in honour of those who gave their lives or their health during their service


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: 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: Levesque
Christian Names: Richard Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: Canberra
City or Town: Theodore
Service: Infantry
Branch: Army
Case Notes:

Richard Malcolm Levesque – Extraordinary soldier and “Recipient” of the Gallantry Medal”.


Levesque resides in the suburb of Theodore, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). He served in the Australian Defence force during 2004 and 2005. There are two versions of Richard Levesque’s military career.


Levesque’s Version

His version has been carefully documented on various Statutory Declarations and submitted by those who have been so much in awe of his achievements, that they felt it their duty to tell us about this “hero”.  According to Levesque, his military career included the following:

Was the youngest person to have served with 2 Commando Regt (2 CDO) having joined at the age of sixteen years and eight months

Had multiple “back to back” tours of Afghanistan with 2 CDO.

Was also deployed to Somalia and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

In Afghanistan worked under cover in market places to gain intelligence (obviously it didn’t work as he appears to have none)

Watched whilst fifty Taliban were bulldozed into a mass grave.

Has shot and killed Taliban.

Suffers from Post Traumatic Stress disorder resulting from his war service.

Claims to be the recipient of a Department of Veterans Affairs Pension.

Was awarded Gallantry Medal for his courageous service

He wore medals on ANZAC Day 2012 to the Calwell Club, Calwell ACT. On a more recent social occasion Levesque advised his “mates” that he had been “awarded” the Gallantry Medal and arranged an official dinner to celebrate the occasion.

Levesque’s version of his service is one of being a much deployed gallant, hardened “Fighting Veteran” who, for his bravery in action, was awarded a much deserved Gallantry Medal.


A more accurate version of his service

We are reliably advised that the truth of Levesque’s Defence Service varies from what he claims; in fact there are no similarities whatsoever.

He was enlisted into the Army in March 2004

He was discharged in November 2005 for the reason that “Retention was not in the interest of the Service.

During his whole service he was classified as a “Recruit” or a “Trainee”

He failed all of the training he attempted

He was never deployed to any operational area

Earned no medals whatsoever.

Levesque, in reality, is a contemptible liar, cheat and wannabe who has committed serious criminal offences against the Defence Act 1903 Section 7 Parts 80A and 80B


80A. Falsely representing to be a returned soldier.


80B. Improper use of service decorations.


Both of these offences have a maximum fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Levesque obviously has the Walter Mitty syndrome and is grossly and offensively exaggerating his military service.

He will no longer be able to “blow his trumpet” about his military service, because we know, and you know, and he knows, that as a soldier, he was a complete dud and as a civilian he is a liar, cheat and wannabe.

From now on any person who types the name “Levesque” into a computer search engine will be led to this exposure.

Welcome to our web site Levesque you have well earned the dishonour.

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.


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