Lewsam

Date of Entry: 01/08/2018
Surname: Lewsam
Christian Names: Geoffrey Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Canley Heights
Service #: R53310
Service: Navy
Branch: Electrical Engineering
Commencement of service: 1957
Completion of service: 1963
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE Geoffery LEWSAM JULY 2021

Three years ago we reported Lewsam for wearing unofficial self purchased medals on his left breast. On 24 April 2021 he was again photographed wearing the same set of medals.

It is incongruous that Lewsam, the Vice President of the Canley Heights, Returned and Services League (RSL) in New South Wales, wears these medals whilst on official duty at the RSL. It is disappointing, that other RSL Executives do not take action to correct Lewsam's flagrant and long term disregard for protocol and tradition.

Here is what he was wearing in 2018 when first reported. 

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Here is what he was wearing in April 2021. 

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The NSW RSL has clear Protocol and Procedure Regulations, concerning the wearing of medals.

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Lewsam served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1957 to 1963 as Seaman Electrical Engineer. In the above photographs he is wearing six medals, whereas, his full entitlement for the left breast is four. In addition, he is also wearing, a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB), which is not to be worn when wearing medals.

RSL's that take no notice of their own laws, are betraying the trust of their members.

 

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Geoffrey Charles Lewsam served as a Leading Seaman in the RAN.  During his service, he had active service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) with a trip to Malaysian waters. 

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Lewsam wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Australian Service Medal  (ASM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Pingat Jasa for service in Malaysian waters

Purchased "Tin" FESR medal   -  Not Authorised

Purchased "Tin" Commemorative Logistics medal for Vietnam - Not Authorised.

Lewsam is wearing four genuine medals and has added two "Tin" self purchased medals, here are the details of the two offending medals..

FESR Commemorative medal, self purchased for $65:

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Vietnam Logistic Support Medal Commemorative medal self purchased for $60. It was a trinket to be worn on the right breast by RAN servicemen who had served in Vietnam waters. The whole thing was scrapped when an official Logistic Support medal was issued by the Government. Lewsam never served in Vietnam waters.

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Lewsam is the Vice President of the Canley Heights Returned and Services League (RSL).  In the lead up to ANZAC Days he visits local schools in his official capacity to talk about Australia's involvement in wars.  He is blatantly falsifying his service and portraying himself in a false manner. Wearing these two fake medals can only be for the purpose of massaging his ego.

His mate, Mr Richard Pritchard, the President of the Canley Vale RSL has failed to correct Lewsam's behaviour.  The President is a genuine Vietnam Veteran and is well aware of Lewsam's deceit, but  does nothing.

Although the behaviour of most ex service persons is unquestionable, ANZMI will continue to detect and report those who, for their own vanity choose to erode protocols and traditions.

We welcome Geoff Lewsam to the good ship ANZMI where he is welcomed as a crew member with a long time to serve.

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