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

Surname: Ponting
Christian Names: William Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Heathmont
Case Notes:

In the leafy suburbs of outer eastern Melbourne is the suburb of Heathmont.  Nestled in a quiet court resides a man who on ANZAC Days and other Veteran anniversaries steps out the front door wearing the following medals and accoutrements:

Military Cross

Mentioned  in Dispatches (2)

USA Purple Heart

1939/1945 Star

Africa Star

Defence Medal

1939/1945 War Medal

Cadet Forces Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal

Royal Horse Artillery Badge

Long Range Desert Group Badge

and as can be seen by his photograph, two awards which resemble knighthoods of the realm. medals here

 A request for assistance with British Naval and Military Researchshows that an extensive check was completed to verify the bona fides of Capt PONTING MC and it was verified that he served in the Royal Artillery from 1946 to 1948.  The only overseas service recorded shows he served in Palestine in the rank of Lance Bombardier - and for such service was awarded the British General Service Medal (GSM) with clasp Palestine.  This man has been issued with one official medal only.  Why is it then he wears a Military Cross which can only be awarded to a Commissioned Officer??

 Step back in time to ANZAC Day 1982, when "Tony" was charged at the City Watch House Melbourne for wearing medals he had no entitlement to, and impersonating a returned serviceman.  Appearing in court on 27 January 1983 Tony was found guilty of the the first charge and fined $100.

 Step forward to ANZAC Day this year (2003) and two reliable witnesses attest to the fact PONTING attended the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance and the "Gunfire Breakfast" which follows at Victoria Barracks, fully resplendent in his Military Cross and full rack of medals and assorted scrap metal.  A current financial member of the Healeseville (Vic) RSL, Tony has also been seen in the immediate past wearing a chest full of medals at their commemorative services - and yes - he still wears his Military Cross.

 PONTING was sent correspondence from CPMH and given the opportunity to explain his actions - a deadline was given and of course no answer was forthcoming. Naturally if one can lie about ones service then one can also lie about receiving mail.  Proof of the letter is here   A physical letter drop was also conducted to his home by CPMH members and still no reaction was received.  Telephoned by a Victorian CPMH rep PONTING denied he had  received any mail and defended his right to wear  the bogus medals he portrays,stating: "Every medal I wear I earned"!

 Tony - this is your life - having already been found guilty of wearing medals of no entitlement back in1983 - guess what??  No more $100 fines.....have a long read of the new penalties for pretenders and stealers of real Veterans feats.

You are a disgrace to the Veteran title, whatever happens to you in the near future, you more than deserve.

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Pool
Christian Names: Peter James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New south Wales
City or Town: Bundeena
Service #: 2244138
Service: (ARes) Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 23 July 1966
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


Peter James Pool Update May, 2019.

Peter James Pool continues to snub his nose at the Australian Veteran Community. Although he has now removed the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, he refuses to remove the Anniversary of National Service Medal from his rack of medals, that he is not entitled to wear.


Pool now wears another medal on his rack. Depicted below.

This medal is an Australian Commando Association commemorative medal that should not be worn with genuine Australian Military medals worn on the left. It should be worn on the right side, in accordance with Australian Governor General’s medal wearing protocols.

Pool is a grandstander and a medal cheat.

He is entitled to wear the first three medals on his rack. That is all. He should be proud to wear those and not embellish his service by adding purchased commemorative medals or un-awarded Australian Military medals.


Peter James POOL Update. – June 2018.

Following our recent exposure of Peter James Pool, he resigned his membership of the NSW RSL State Branch and the Bundeena RSL Sub Branch, Sydney, on the 19 February, 2018. He admitted that he was not entitled to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Pool was the Senior Vice President of the Bundeena RSL Sub Branch and was next in line for the position of President of that Branch. A position he was keen to be appointed.

Pool 4 jpg 2018 04 07

Pool states in his letter of resignation to NSW RSL State Branch that -;

"Following recent publications on my non entitlement to wear the Sth Vietnam/Republic medal and ribbon, I accept that this should not have been worn due (to) requirements of days (just falling short) and apologise for the oversight when all medals were mounted".

Pool just does not get it. He continues to lie even when he is caught out. Pool has been accredited with 44 days active service in Vietnam waters. He knows that. The requirement for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) is 181 days. It always has been. Pool knows that as well. Pool is 137 days short of qualifying for this medal.

He also claims "it was an oversight when all the medals were mounted". Pool would have been very aware of the requirements for his entitlement to the RVCM. He was never awarded it. He purchased it on e bay or at a Medal Dealers shop and had it court mounted. That was no "oversight".

Pool is a false pretender and a medal cheat.

Pool puts himself out there in his LInkedin profile as -;

Peter James POOL.

Peter Pool

He lacks credibility and he has no place in the veteran community. Welcome to the website, Peter James Pool.




Peter James Pool was born on the 15 December, 1947. He enlisted in 1 Commando Company in the part time Australian Army Reserves (Ares) on the 23 July, 1966. Records indicate that he was with 1 Commando Company until 23 December, 1968. He later transferred over to full time Reserves, Australia Regular Army. (ARA)


As a Private soldier, Peter James Pool was subsequently posted to the Australian Army ship, the “John Monash”. The John Monash was a 1400 ton Cargo ship. Photograph below -;


Service history

John Monash was built for the Associated Steamships Co. and was completed in 1955. She was purchased by the Australian Army in 1965 to provide a means of transporting cargo which was unsuitable for the Army's four Landing Ship Medium and was assigned to the 32nd Small Ship Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. She was also used as a training ship and to supply Army units deployed in South Vietnam. In the later role she completed eleven voyages to South Vietnam between 1965 and 1972.The ship was sold in 1975 to a foreign company

Source Wikepedia.

Between the 25 October, 1969 and the 7 December, 1969, John Monash sailed from Australia to South Vietnam with vital cargo for the Australian war effort. According to the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Peter Pool was a member of the crew. The ship returned to Australia on the 7 December, 1969, 44 days later..

In the recent photograph above, Peter James Pool is wearing the following medals.
1. Australian Active Service medal. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (28 days or more Vietnam waters) Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Purchased. Not entitled.
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM (181 days in Vietnam) Purchased. Not entitled.

Usually, the ship on arrival in South Vietnam, unloaded stores within a day or two, and then returned directly to Australia. It was called the “Shuttle Run” by those associated with her.

Operational service for all crew members on these voyages is calculated from the time the ship departed the last Australian port, until it returned to the next Australian port.

In the case of Peter Pool, 44 days.

Below is a copy of his Vietnam War Service from the Vietnam Nominal Roll -;

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details

Name POOL, Peter James
Service Australian Army
Service Number 2244138
Date of Birth 15 Dec 1947
Rank Private
National Service No
Corps Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Honours None for display
Unit History
Unit Name Start Date End Date
32 Small Ship Squadron (AS 3051 John Monash) 25 Oct 1969 07 Dec 1969 44 DAYS

Peter Pool is not entitled to wear the following medals. He has not been officially awarded them. He has purchased them, paid to have them court mounted, and added them to his genuine 3 medals illegally.

1. Anniversary of National Service Medal.



The Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal is a commemorative medal awarded to Australians for their service in post-war national service schemes. Wikipedia.

Pool was not an Australian National Serviceman.

2. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury) and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped. Wikipedia.

Pool did not service in the qualifying area for the required 181 days.

ANZMI sent Peter Pool an email to his current email address, and invited him to respond to the fact that he wears the two un-awarded military medals.

He failed to respond.

Peter James Pool is a Medal cheat and an imposter. He has no right to wear them.

Pool is a Director and owner of Australian Specialised Defence Equipment (ASDE), Sydney. This Company has provided equipment, under contract, to the Australian Defence Force. Pool should have more sense than to wear medals that he has not earned.  

He should remove the un-awarded medals immediately, and apologise to the President, Committee, and all his fellow members at the Bundeena RSL Sub Branch in Sydney, for his lack of respect for the Australian Honours System and Defence Force protocols.



Surname: Power
Christian Names: Gregory George
Country: Australia
State or Province: Not Known
City or Town: Not Known
Service #: 2788008
Service: Army
Branch: RAsigs
Commencement of service: Oct 1967
Completion of service: Oct 1969
Case Notes:




Along with thousands of his peers, Gregory George Power served 2 years in the Australian Army as a National Serviceman from 1967 to 1969. He obviously carried out his duties in a diligent manner and as such, was promoted to Lance Corporal during his period of service. So it is a shame to see that Power, like many of his contemporaries, has chosen to add some lustre to his medal entitlement.

Power arrived in South Vietnam on 1 April 1969 and served as a “Signalman” with 104 Signal Squadron. We know nothing of his service in SVN, so we can assume that he did his job as best he could before returning to Australia on 1 September 1969; a total of 170 days. Gregory Power is not recorded on the list of Vietnam casualties. Therefore we assume he came home early for either a non-battle illness or injury, or to commence discharge procedures prior to his completion of 2 years national service on 3 October 1969.

In any event he is not entitled to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal which is clearly displayed in the photo above. The eligibility criteria for awarding the medal is 181 days, either continuous or aggregated service. One of the exemptions to this is that the recipient was wounded in action i.e. classified as a battle casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds.

The photograph also indicates that Power is wearing the Army Combat Badge (ACB). He may innocently believe that he is entitled to wear the badge but it seems he may have jumped the gun. The 104 Signal Squadron Association's webpage has posted the following advice:

"Update from Army (Oct 2014): Ongoing! Looks like the submission has opened a can of worms! Army Ceremonial have advised that as previous instructions on the ACB, were not fully investigated, they will shortly have Military history investigators, investigated on the ACB situation for Corps/Units etc which has not been done in the past, in particular, for all 1ATF units.
Update (April 2015): On going!
Note (Editor): All applications from 103 and 104 Sig Sqn veterans are currently on hold until we get a determination on this matter!

Power wears the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the the Army Combat Badge. As he has not been officially awarded either of them, he has purchased them at a Medal Shop or on the Internet. He should desist in wearing both of them."

Surname: Prangnell
Christian Names: Brian Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: western Australia
City or Town: Quinns Rocks
Case Notes:

As written on the notice in the photo of Prangnell, he gives advice about medals for the Quinns Rocks, Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of Western Australia.  Brian Prangnell has been awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Church, Youth, Sporting and services organizations. Together with his OAM he has two legitimate Defence Service Medals, unfortunately he likes to adorn himself with all manner of other trinkets and badges including a self purchased “Tin” Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal. 



Prangnell was a 1950s National Serviceman who completed three months recruit training between January and April in 1958 and then continued in the Citizens Military Forces, which entitles him to wear the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian National Service Commemorative Medal together with his OAM.  To boost his rack of medals Prangnell has awarded himself the fake, self purchased, “Tin” Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal



Below is the genuine Golden Jubilee Medal that has never been awarded to Prangnell.



We suggest to Bruce Rock RSL that having Prangnell as a “Medals Adviser” is rather ironic and tends to portray that RSL as a place devoid of integrity.

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Preece
Christian Names: Stanley Ernest
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Southside
Service #: 23994584
Service: British Army
Branch: Royal Artillery
Commencement of service: 30 November 1963
Completion of service: 31 January 1968
Case Notes:


Stanley Ernest Preece was born in England on the 7th April, 1947. He claims military service in the Royal Artillery, British Army between 1963 and 1968.

He claims 21 days overseas peace time military service in Germany from May 1965 to June, 1965. He also claims active service in Malaya and Borneo , from September,1965 to 20 September, 1966.

In 2012, Preece completed an application form to join the Gympie Returned and Service League Sub Branch. He stated that he was a Gunner with the 40th Artillery Regiment British Army.

  Preece 1 jpg Anzac Day 2019


In the above photographs, Preece is wearing the following medals on his left side-;

1. The General Service Medal 1962. (GSM) with two clasps. (Malay Peninsula Clasp - Not entitled and Borneo- entitled. )
2. Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal. Not entitled.
3. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Service Medal. Entitled.
4. Hors de Combat Medal (Tin purchased medal)
5. British Army of the Rhine Medal. (Tin purchased medal)
6. British Forces Germany Medal.. (Tin purchased medal.)

Members of local RSL clubs have observed Preece wearing the three tin medals listed above that are unofficial, and have obviously been purchased from a United Kingdom Medal Dealer. Preece has awarded the medals to himself and had them court mounted.
When reminded of Commonwealth Governor General's medal wearing protocols and informed that the commemorative medals should be worn on the right side, Preece is reported as saying, "I would like to see who is going to f***ing stop me.

The tin medals are -;

Preece 4 jpg edited Hors de combat

1. HORS de COMBAT MEDAL (Tin) £47.00

Described as -; The striking of the Hors de Combat Commemorative Medal is a befitting way to recognise and pay tribute to the outstanding bravery of British servicemen and women who sustained wounds or injury in the line of duty.



British Army Of The Rhine Medal Commemorative for peace time service in Germany.



British Forces Germany Commemorative Medal for peace time service in Germany.

There is also doubt as to the second medal Preece wears. -;


This medal was struck in Great Britain in 1977 and 30,000 UK servicemen received the medal for services rendered to the Commonwealth.. In 1968, Preece left the British Army as a Gunner, equivalent to a Private soldier. He left prematurely on medical grounds, due to an accident. This followed four and a half years service. When requested, Preece could not provide proof of this award.

He also claims the Hors de Combat Medal, due to his claim of being wounded in action in Borneo. He has related to colleagues that he was wounded in an ambush. That claim is a lie.

We are uncertain of the exact accident details Preece endured, but we ARE certain that it was not due to wounds received in an ambush. We know that whilst in Borneo, he accidently stumbled sustaining an injury when he landed on a rock.

Preece also wears the Borneo and Malay Peninsula clasps on the General Service Medal.

His Discharge Records indicate that he served in Borneo/Brunei for the dates that the Borneo Clasp was awarded. He is entitled to that award.

However, his claim to the Malay Peninsula Clasp is false. It is a lie. His records indicate that he served from 24 September, 1965 to 4 November, 1965 – and later for short periods in March, April and September, 1966.

Preece 7A jpg

The qualifying dates for the Malay Peninsula Clasp is service between 17 August, 1964 to the 12 June, 1965. Preece arrived 3 months after the clasp ceased being awarded.

This might seem insignificant to the general public, but it continues to establish a pattern of fraudulent behaviour exhibited by Preece to embellish his military service, and snub his nose at the Veteran community.

As a further fraudulent Act, Preece submitted the following Wikipedia document to a veterans organisation, claiming it to be an authentic record of his active service.

The first submitted article describes “Operation Claret”, a military operation conducted in the jungles of Borneo in July, 1964 to July, 1966. The highlighted paragraph identifying “Gunner Preece sitting on the gun trail after the action”, has been added by someone following the original publication of this article. Someone, who would stand to gain from the false entry.

Preece 8A jpg

The original entry, below, was, and still is, the accurate and truthful entry regarding Operation Claret. There is no mention of Gunner Preece at all in this original description of Operation Claret.


The Queensland State RSL need to conduct a thorough examination of all the military claims made by Preece, starting from his three tin medals and other claimed entitlements, including the Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal. He should also be questioned about the fraudulent document he submitted, identifying a “Gunner Preece” in the article as being present during Operation Claret, Borneo, July 1964.

Preece was contacted by ANZMI, and invited to provide evidence of his military service in the British Army, his official medal entitlements and what he knows about the documentation identifying a “Gunner Preece sitting on the gun trail after the action with 14 empty shell casings in the background”.

Preece surprisingly responded with the following -;

“When I emigrated to Australia, I met up with an old army friend of mine who had completed 36 years in the British, Australian and New Zealand SAS as an intelligence officer. It was he who informed me about commemorative medals and the fact that I should wear then (sic)inline on the left as opposed to under my issued medals as they do in the UK”.

So as a result of that informative advice, Preece then went and had all his tin medals court mounted alongside his two genuine ones.

We will leave that explanation up to the reader to judge on it's merits.

Preece was afforded considerable time to provide an explanation for the differences in the documents regarding Operation Claret. Also proof of his award of the Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal. He responded stating -; "that he would not answer any further questions about his military service and medals, as he had been instructed by his Sub Branch to say nothing".

If this is true, then the Gympie RSL Sub Branch where he is a member, need a rocket from the RSL Queensland State Branch for supporting his fraudulent behaviour and wearing a host of tin medals, and another medal that he cannot prove was awarded. If this is not true, then we suspect that Gympie RSL Sub Branch will notify us and we will provide an update ensuring that the truth is published.

Preece has little credibility. He is a false pretender and a glory hunter. He is now featured on this site to rectify his edified version of the Wikipedia Operation Claret publication and his desire to portray himself as a bemedalled war hero.

Preece is entitled to wear two medals, not six.

He is entitled to the General Service Medal 1962 - with Clasp Borneo and the Malaysia Pingat Jasa Medal.

Welcome to the site Stanley Ernest Preece.

Surname: Presgrave
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service: South Australia National Service Association
Case Notes:

Barry Presgrave - Vice President of the South Australian National Servicemen’s Association.

The South Australian National Servicemen’s Association (SA NSMA) policy about Honours and Awards is a national disgrace. They completely ignore protocol from the Honours and Awards section of the Prime Ministers Department, the Returned Services Leagu, their own National Headquarters and the Veteran Community.  When a bus load of South Australian National Servicemen debussed in Canberra on a commemorative occasion, derision and embarrassment prevailed. One of those debussing was John Piet as shown in the photo below.


Piet was the original target of this exposure and even though he is less than adroit for wearing four tin medals along with his two genuine medals, we believe Presgrave is the real villain behind the problems in South Australia.  

Piet and many other members of the SA NSMA have been gulled by Barry Presgrave the Vice President of the SA NSMA.  He has for years espoused the wearing of fake and tin medals.  He did this because he owned a medals shop in Adelaide. As it has now changed hands we will not name the shop and we know that they no longer encourage the wearing of “Tin” medals on official racks.

Presgrave has also featured in another high profile wannabe case where he is pictured with the disgraced Jeffery J Crase, a self styled bemedaled “Lieutenant Colonel” of the Legion of  Frontiersmen’s organisation.  In the photo below you will see Presgrave being a pretend bemedaled Lieutenant Colonel who at that stage was promoting the sale of ”Tin” medals to Frontiersmen as well as National Servicemen.



There is no doubt about the National Servicemen’s Association’s medals policy and protocol. Here are instructions from their web site.

It seems that South Australian National Servicemen have a need to “Peacock” themselves up with fake medals and it has only taken the spruiking of one man, a Vice President of the Association with a pecuniary interest in medals, to gull the gullible, and make South Australian National Servicemen the laughing stock of Australia and the world.

When a member of ANZMI phoned an executive of the SA NSMA he was forcefully told that their organisation would not be told what medals their members could wear and if they chose to wear self purchased commemorative medals that was the individuals business.

We assert that the SA NSMA is a disgrace and decent National Servicemen from all parts of Australia should distance themselves from the idiocy espoused by Barry Presgrave, the executive and some of the members regarding the wearing of medals.

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.



Presgrave Update 16 Jul 15

Presgrave still thumbs his nose at protocol and tradition by adding all manner of unauthorised medals to his rack.  Presgrave served as a 1950s National Serviceman and then as an Army Reservist to many years. Despite his heavy rack of ten medals he has never served outside of Australia.

The medals correctly worn on his right breast are believed to have been awarded to his brother.

On his left breast only three of the medals relate to his Military Service, these are:

Medal number two  -  Reserve Forces Medal for Long Service in Army Reserves

Medal number four  - Army Defence Medal for completion of his enlistment period

Medal number six  - Commemoration of National Serve Medal for National Service

Two others are genuine Federal medals presented for service other than military, these are:

Medal number one  - Order of Australia Medal for service to community

Medal number three  - National Medal for service to community

The  remaining four are unauthorised medals that must not be mixed with genuine medals,  if they are to be worn at all, should be worn underneath his relatives medals on his right breast.

The National Servicemen's Association of South Australia must have very low standards to allow Presgrave to flaunt his tainted rack of medals.

During his years of Reserve Service he had plenty of opportunity to have been deployed to War Zones and earn Campaign medals, however he stayed at home and received civil awards and then added some unauthorised metal to enhance his image.

Presgrave is an embarrassment and a disgrace to the Veteran and Ex Service Communities of Australia and New Zealand.






Powered by Sigsiu.NET