Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: STEVENS
Christian Names: Edwin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Case Notes:


Liars and valour thieves clog up our veterans compensation channels, more so during the 1980s to early 2000s, when disgraceful people were causing embarrassment to Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), with their own, and others false claims. Here are some who were involved:

"China" Hammel.
Harry Kirkman.
Barry Wright.
Joseph Brain.

The latest valour thief, menace and DVA "clogger" is Edwin Stevens of Perth WA. Since 2007 Stevens has been "trying it on", with DVA, Department of Defence (DoD), and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

Unfortunately we have no photograph of Stevens, perhaps we may get lucky and receive one from him, or an interested party.

The crux of the matter, is that Stevens is seeking a pension for Post Traumatic Stress disorder, that he claims was caused by service in the Vietnam war in 1970, on a secret "black ops" quick deployment to Laos.

The exposure is long in detail, but it is necessary to provide a full picture of Stevens’ deceit and his motives to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs by illegal means.

All is detailed in an Administrative Appeals Tribunal dated 21 December 2020. To wit:

"1 Mr Stevens enlisted with the Australian Army in 1969 when he was 18 years of age. He was posted to the Special Air Service Regiment in November of that year, where he served until his discharge in April 1970.

5. Mr Stevens has tried to obtain confirmation of his involvement in the covert operation, but no record of his involvement could be located. Specifically, Mr Stevens sent a letter to the Australian Army which was received on 18 May 2004. However, when the Australian Army wrote back to him on 29 July 2004 the letter stated that, “I regret to advise that a thorough search of this office has failed to locate any documents which substantiate the events referred to in your enquiry”.

9. Mr Stevens has provided detailed statements to the Respondent and to the Tribunal describing the covert operation. In summary, he stated that he was deployed to Laos to assist in bombing a bridge that was close to the Vietnamese border and that he was instructed to kill the sentry (soldier guarding the bridge) with a knife while his partner set explosive charges under the bridge. In one statement dated 9 July 2019, Mr Stevens attested:

I was serving as a Trooper In the Special Air Service Regiment of the Australian Regular Army posted to the regiment's Base Squadron during the first days of February 1970. I was summoned to the Regimental Major's office where he was in company with my Squadron C. O., Major, W. Marshall and Lieutenant J. Flannery. I was ordered that in company with another Trooper I would travel to a section in Laos, a country under United Nations military sanctions and assist in the destruction of a bridge that Intelligence had identified that the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong were using to ferry soldiers, armoury, ammunition and supplies into Vietnam. I was informed that I had been recommended for this mission by Lt. Flannery who had been the C.O. of my Cadre Course and was later my C.O. when I assisted with new cadre courses during training. I asked why 3 Squadron that was currently in Vietnam couldn't do this job and was told that it was otherwise occupied therefore I was ordered to undertake this mission. I objected, pointing out that I was awaiting release from the Army, but was told that while I was in the Army I would do as ordered. I was also given the order that I was not to discuss this job with any Trooper in the Regiment or anybody else prior to the mission or after as it was not going to be officially recorded.

The intelligence gathered reported that after daylight hours there was only one sentry on the bridge and that the early hours in the morning was the best time to complete the mission. My task was to silence any bridge-sentry and search for any log books or other documentation if any. Lt. Flannery knew my night and map-reading skills were good and told me that was why I was selected to go. He, as a former Vietnam Trainer, taught me how to use a blade to silence the sentry as my partner, Jeff, was to set charges on the bridge then blow it up. Our Liaison Officer in Vietnam was a Lieutenant from 3 Squadron.

The Liaison Officer met us at Nui Dat at the start of the second week when we landed after one stop that, I presumed, was for refuelling. He issued the explosives and charges to my partner. I was given the radio, our frequency and call-sign and the Liaison Officer's call-sign. We were then driven to where a helicopter was waiting which we both boarded. There were two pilots and two gunners situated on each side of the helicopter. Once at the drop-zone we left the chopper as the vegetation was low and made it possible. We both lay on the ground after the chopper left just to ensure we were alone. We were approximately ten miles from the bridge at that time and the vegetation gave us adequate cover. The terrain was not steep so we were able to move slowly but easily. After approximately three hours we got to within 100 yards of the bridge where we set up our position under the vegetation. We lay head to toe so we had a full 360-degree vision but I was also responsible for counting the number of enemy vehicles over and back, the number of soldiers, armoury and ammunition trucks. We lay watching and recording every vehicle that went across that bridge. At night we took two-hourly breaks each to sleep and eat as during daylight hours neither of us ate or slept.

Whenever a truck full of soldiers (a platoon – 30 men) arrived at the Laos side the soldiers disembarked and once the truck was safely over to the Vietnam side of Laos the men walked across, remounted the truck and then drove off. Any truck with ammunition and a towed artillery piece behind it was guided by the bridge-sentry as the truck moved over slowly. It was obvious that this bridge was not too secure as the intelligence photos showed. In all I counted 23 trucks, approximately 400 soldiers in 13 of the trucks. There were more in the trucks that carried arms, ammunition and artillery pieces and they also dismounted leaving only the driver and remounted on the other side. I do not remember how many artillery pieces crossed that bridge as I did not keep my note pad; there were 5 to 7 from memory. Ten to twelve vehicles returned empty and went over to the Laos side. I have no idea if they returned.

On the 4th night we went to the bridge, approximately between 03.00 hours and 03.30 hours, I went to the sentry's hut and did what I was taught to do [killed the sentry with a knife]. There was no records or log-books in the hut so I searched the dead sentry. He had nothing except a packet of cigarettes, matches and a photograph of him and his wife holding their baby. I returned it to his left breast-pocket. I gave my mate a flicker of my lighter so he knew it was all clear for him to do his job. By the time I got to him he had the whole bridge set to go. Once a safe distance away he blew up the bridge and we grabbed the rest of our gear and ran, stopping every 100 yards or so to listen if the enemy was behind us and following. They were not, so we slowed to a fast walk for about a mile listening as we moved through the vegetation as we first went in - patrolling. Thankfully the vegetation in the area gave us adequate cover which made the going easier than we had anticipated. By approximately 05.00 hours we arrived back at our drop-zone ready for pick up. I called our Liaison Officer who told me we had to wait until he could get the chopper to our position for pickup. It took about two hours but when it came we mounted it and returned to Nui Dat where again, the Lieutenant was waiting in a jeep. He took our note-books and after debriefing us where we stood, he told us that they had intelligence that the NVA and VC were getting ready for a big advance on our troops so what we did may have saved some of our Diggers' lives. We were then driven to what was referred to as SAS Hill, showered, changed to clean jungle greens and socks and then fed. We returned to Campbell Barracks six days after we left where we were debriefed again by Lt. Flannery.

I spoke to my Sergeant, Ian Ramsey, about it. He informed me that being so close to Joe Flannery and seeing part of my training he knew everything I did and after we discussed it I told him that I was angry that I was ordered to do what I did and he told me, that’s the job, we all do it so suck it up and get on with it. Until my final discharge I again assisted on Cadre Courses and regimental duties."

Because I was ordered never to divulge anything to do with that job to anyone I took that order to be in force even after my discharge. I was extremely angry at what I was ordered to do with a minimum of training or preparation".

Having read all of that, here is the reason the AAT upheld the decision of the Veterans Review Board that originally rejected Steven's claims.

The effect of these provisions of the VEA is that, as there is no evidence that Mr Stevens was allotted for duty in an operational area and, he does not meet the definition of having rendered eligible war service. This in turn means that Mr Stevens’ posttraumatic stress disorder cannot be taken to be war-caused because there is no evidence that it arose out of, or was attributable to, any eligible war service that he rendered. This means that he is not eligible for a Pension.

To translate the above into veterans language. Stevens is a bullshit artist and a pathological liar.

Instances like this should be prosecuted under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Part VII Section 80A for falsely representing to be a returned soldier. That offence has a maximum penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment, or both.

Perhaps a few prosecutions by state police, may discourage the fraudsters, and allow those genuinely in need to get a fair go.

We are not sure what the penalty may be, for falsely claiming to blow up a bridge in Laos. The Laotians may wish to sue Stevens for wilful destruction of the bridge and murder of the guard.

We are happy to report Stevens, but because of his knife work, he is not welcome within ten kilometers of ANZMI.

Surname: Whitworth
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Kumbia
Service: Army
Case Notes:


Richard Whitworth is known as a purveyor of pickles at a local "country market", and as a doyen of Christianity at his local church. He is also perceived as a damaged Vietnam Veteran, who is unable to acquire recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), because of the secret nature of his military service.

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Whitwhorth also marches on commemorative occasions with his "military mates" to give proof of his military heritage.


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Whitworth, as a devoted Christian, often preaches sermons at his local church. As well as slipping stories of his Vietnam escapades into casual conversations, he has also preached a sermon on the subject.

The sermon was recorded, and we hold a copy. It was published here in 2016, twelve sermons from the bottom. It runs for 28 minutes and 19 seconds, although by now, perhaps the embarrassed congregation has had it removed?

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Here are examples of what he said in the sermon.

He was a National Serviceman during the Vietnam war.
Served in Vietnam from 1965 until 1968.
Served with D Company 6 Royal Australian Regiment at the battle of Long Tan Vietnam
He served with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam.
He and four other SASR soldiers, whilst on patrol, came in contact with the Viet Cong .
Three of the team were killed.
One had his leg blown off.
Whitworth was wounded in the head and still has scars.
He was captured, and "patched up" in a Viet Kong tunnel.
Was kept as a prisoner in a cell of 1.5 cu meters.
After twelve months in captivity, he was rescued by a friendly helicopter.
Forty two years later he was severely affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and manages daily life through god and work.
Suffers from survivors guilt.

On other occasions, he has said he is unable to apply for recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, because of the secret nature of his service. Any person who served in Vietnam, can easily discern Whitworth, as flagrant liar, who audaciously lies without trepidation, in a manner, and in a place, where his actions, are disgusting to church attendees and Australian and New Zealand veterans.

What Whitworth has said about his Vietnam service, are fanciful despicable lies. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans affair (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll because he did not serve in Vietnam.

He, was much respected in his community, however, it is now known, that he is nothing more than a liar, who has the audacity to enhance his standing in his community, by stealing the valour of returned veterans.

Usually lies about false service are told in pubs and clubs, it is unusual for a community doyen, to tell bald face lies, to those who trust him, both in and out of church.

Whitworth has broken the 11th and 12th Commandments, which are:

"11th, do not covert thy neighbours military service"
"12th, thou shall not get caught"
"If you do, ANZMI angels will swoop down, and spread the word of your sins to the whole world"

Perhaps the country folk of Kumbia may forgive Whitworth, as good Christians have a want to do, however, veterans of Australia and New Zealand will not forgive, or forget, hence he will remain in ANZMI custody for eternity, plus ten years.

Lest we forget.

Surname: Wallace
Christian Names: Erin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Cranbourne
Service #: Nil
Service: Claims Army
Branch: Claims Nursing Corps. RAANC
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:


At ANZMI, it gives us pleasure to expose long term military imposters, who have gained considerable kudos and public recognition, for many years from close friends, workmates, family and the media. Their deceit has also seen advancement to higher work positions above others, who are generally more deserving, and who have greater credibility and honesty.

When your world comes crashing down after years of being a military fraud and false pretender, you only have yourself to blame.

Stealing the honour of those military personnel who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice is a low act. To steal the honour of Australian Army Nurses, many of whom returned with mental health issues, is also a low act.


Erin Wallace is a Military Fraud, an Honour Thief and a Medal Cheat. You can also throw in liar.

For many years her deceitful conduct has convinced those close to her that she is a bemedalled Vietnam War Veteran, who served in the Australian Army as a Nurse.

Wallace is 69 years of age. She is currently the Gippsland Regional Manager for St John Ambulance, and resides in Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria. She has held this position for 5 years.

Over recent years, her medal rack has grown as displayed below.


Photograph above taken in 2016, she wears the Vietnam Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Notice she is missing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM Proclaimed in December 1997) and the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM Proclaimed 20 March, 2006.)



More recent photograph since 2016. She now wears the AASM as well as the ADM with the original two medals.

Only 43 Australian Army Nursing Sisters served in South Vietnam between 1967 to 1971. The youngest Nursing Sister was 22 and the eldest was 45 years of age. Their ranks ranged from Lieutenants to Majors. They had a tough job.

The last Australian Army Nurses to leave South Vietnam did so in November, 1971 when the Australian Field Hospital closed. The last Australian troops, 4 RAR, left on the 7 November, 1971.

Nursing Sisters did not complete normal Officer Training at that time. Many were "Direct Entry" from being a qualified practicing civilian Nursing sister to be an Army Commissioned Officer. After being commissioned, they completed an orientation course at School of Army Health, Healsville Victoria, and would have gained experience in an Army hospital in Australia or Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney, before deployment to South Vietnam.

For Wallace to have served at the youngest age of 22 years as a qualified Sister and Lieutenant, in the last year of Australia’s involvement ( ie.1971), she would have to now attained the age of 71 years plus. (at 2021) As she is 69 years of age, her time line is out at least two years at the very minimum.






The above screenshots are from a St John Facebook video Wallace made to publicise and self promote her alleged Vietnam service and other achievements. She claims that she was an Army Nurse who returned from Vietnam to the Darwin Docks, where she was met and was impressed by St John Ambulance people, who gave her cups of tea and vegemite sandwiches.

That statement is also a lie. No Australian Army Nurses returned home by ship.

You will notice that she now wears the following medals -;

1.The Officer of the Order of St John Medal. Top row.
2.Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) Not entitled. Top row.
3.Vietnam Medal. Not entitled. bottom row.
4.Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Not entitled. bottom row.
5. The Service Medal of the Order of St John bottom row.
6.Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) 180 days in country. Not entitled. bottom row.

Wallace’s name does not appear on the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll as having served in South Vietnam in the Australian Army. Also taking into account maiden names, only two persons with first names Erin served in the Australian Army in South Vietnam. She is not one of them. Her name also does not appear on the List of Australian Army Nurses that served in South Vietnam between 1967 and 1971.

Wallace was contacted by email at St John Ambulance, Victoria and given an opportunity to respond to information received that she is not entitled to wear the above medals or was not an Army Nurse as she has claimed. She was also requested to provide the following information -;

1. Proof of Australian Defence Force medal entitlement.
2. Her service number, Unit, and rank.
3. Date of commencement of Army service.
4. Date of completion of Army service.
5. Date she deployed to South Vietnam as an Army Sister and Lieutenant.
6. Date she returned to Australia.

She has not responded and we do not expect a reply.


Wallace is an Affiliate member of the Dandenong RSL Sub Branch, Victoria, due to a relative being a service person. She is also a Social member of the Leongatha RSL Sub Branch, Victoria.

If she was a returned veteran, Wallace would be a full member of Dandenong RSL Sub Branch and not an Affiliate Member.

Wallace is a high flyer in the Victorian St John Ambulance. She has received many accolades over the years.

St John Victoria was contacted and informed that Wallace was a Military Imposter who has committed offences against the Defence Act 1900.

Section 80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
Section 80B.Improper use of service decorations
Penalty - $3,300 dollars fine or six months imprisonment or both.


Former and current Returned Veterans of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces will not stand by and observe valour thieves and imposters benefit from fraudulent claims of military service.

The Victorian Police have been notified and hopefully will take action against Wallace for her fraudulent behaviour. It may well be that Wallace has committed further criminal offences of “Obtaining benefit by deception” and “False pretences”, in regards to her behaviour.

St John Ambulance, Victoria would be well advised to check her curriculum vitae to ensure that all her documented claims are truthful and accurate. Particularly, her Vietnam service background as an Army Nursing Sister and Officer.

RSL Victoria should also give Wallace the boot from their organisation.

An update for Ms Erin Wallace will be provided as this matter progresses.

Another St John Ambulance Valour Thief and Medal Cheat offender was Christopher Chant. See below.

Chant resigned from his Executive position due to the ANZMI investigation. Wallace should do the same or be sacked immediately.

St John Ambulance Australia, is a well respected organisation. It needs well respected personnel to carry out their objectives.

Welcome to ANZMI, Military Imposter, Medal Cheat and Valour Thief, Erin Wallace.

Surname: Thompson
Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goonengerry
Service: Army
Case Notes:


John Thompson is a resident of Goonengerry, a Rotarian, a valour thief and a liar.



In a local Museum Newsletter he is quoted as:


See here for full report:


In addition to what is reported by the above Museum Newsletter, he has told many people in his area of his Vietnam exploits.

A researcher spoke directly to John Thompson, who said to him, that as a National Serviceman, he served in Vietnam in 1972. Not with an Australian unit, but with the United States of America, 101st Airborne Division. He was asked if Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) were taking care of him, in relation to his injuries described in the Museum Newsletter. He said that he will have nothing to do with DVA or the Australian Government.

Here is a photograph that was included in the Museum Newsletter to support his claims of military service.


The photograph indicates that he served in an Australian Army Reserve unit, that was never deployed to Vietnam. He is wearing a badge, that although blurred, can be identified as that of the Royal NSW Lancers, which was an Army Reserve unit at the time the photograph was taken.



Thompson is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) nominal roll, , nor is he listed on the Vietnam "Casualty List"

Thompson has put insufficient effort into his subterfuge. Most Vietnam veterans, and any Vietnam war historian, can see that he is a liar and never served in the Vietnam war.

No Australian soldiers were posted to the USA 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1972.

He says he was badly injured, and lost part of his eyesight when Napalm exploded in front of him, and that he is sterile as a result of the defoliant, "Agent Orange" sprayed in Vietnam. If the above were so, he would be under the care of DVA, and would have certainly been listed as Wounded in Action (WIA) on the Casualty list. It is an opinion, that if Napalm ever exploded close enough to injure the eyes, there would be more than eyebrows singed.

He is not listed on the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll, because he was never there.

The National Service ballot box draw for people born between 1 Jul 1949 and 31 Dec 1949, did not include the date of his birth on 10 Oct 1949. Here are the official ballot results. See here for full details:

Birthdates drawn in the tenth National Service ballot: 22 September 1969
Men included in the ballot who were born in the period 1 July 1949 to 31 December 1949.
July 3, 8, 11, 15, 20, 25
August 9, 13, 25,9
September 18, 19, 21, 28
October3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 25
November 17, 22, 29
December 2, 5, 7, 15, 17, 25

Thompson was born on 10 Oct 1949. States he was conscripted into National Service for two years at the age of twenty years in 1969. If that were so he would have completed his National service at the latest by December 1971, however he claims to have served as a National Serviceman in Vietnam in 1972.

We hope that the good citizens of Goonengerry, Mullumbimby and surrounds are able to question Thompson about his service and urge him to provide definitive evidence of his Vietnam Service.

Be aware, that despite what he claims, John Thompson of Goonengerry in the Mullumbimby area of New South Wales did not serve in Vietnam as a Australian Soldier. His claims to have done, make him a liar and valour thief.

We are pleased to have a Rotarian on board the good ship ANZMI.

Surname: Dennis
Christian Names: Ryan
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Medical
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:


Ryan Dennis is currently a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN) According to his long service badges, he has at least twelve years service with the RAN. He is also a member of St John Ambulance Australia in Sydney, NSW..

Ryan Dennis, for some time now has been a medal cheat. The below photograph was posted on his Facebook Page in 2016, however, the photograph was taken much earlier, when he was a more junior Leading Seaman.



He is wearing the following medals.

1. The Officer of the Order of St John Medal. . (Civilian award)
2. Australian Active Service Medal with unknown clasp. AASM. Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal with unknown clasp ASM
4. Australian Defence Medal. ADM
5. The Service Medal of the Order of St John. (Civilian award.)

The Australian Active Service Medal recognises the service of members of the Defence Force and certain other persons in specified warlike operations since 14 February 1975.



Dennis has never been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal.




In the above more recent photographs, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Dennis wears the identical awards. In the last photograph he also wears the Defence Long Service Medal. (15 years service) Therefore, he has been wearing the un-awarded AASM for well over four years. As of March, 2021, these photographs still appear on his Facebook page.

Dennis came to the notice of ANZMI from concerned colleagues, who for the past number of years, queried his AASM medal entitlement. He responded to his colleagues, that he was entitled to the AASM for his service on HMAS Darwin when it left Australia for the Middle East on Operation Catalyst in December 2004. Operation Catalyst was at that time a Warlike area proclaimed by the Australian Government.


On 28 December Darwin departed HMAS Stirling, Perth, Western Australia bound for the Middle East.

After fuelling at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, Darwin entered the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) on 9 January 2005., where eligibility for the Australian Active Service Medal commenced. Ryan Dennis was not then on the ship.

Following information received, a Researcher then contacted Ryan Dennis and invited him to respond to allegations, that he was not entitled to wear the AASM, as it had not been officially awarded to him.

He replied -; 
The AASM was incorrectly recorded in PmKeys, for Operation Catalyst, whilst providing Op relief, on review minimal service in area was not conducted. Of which I did not realise either. This was discovered when a query was raised as to why it was recorded but no medal was issued. The subsequent changes to my medal rack have been conducted, occurring late last year; (2020) and PmKeys has also been corrected.

Further -

The medal was not awarded by Defence Honours and Awards, which is how the PmKeys error was discovered. It however was present on my PmKeys and correlated with correct year that I was onboard. It appeared to be a clerical error from perhaps the ships staff however due to the age and information being ported into PmKeys and my discharge (now rejoined). It was incorrectly believed that I had been awarded the medal and therefore entitled to wear it, a replica was purchased by myself, until the original caught up with me. (Bolded comments inserted by ANZMI)

Further –

I was a member of HMAS Darwin as an Op Relief in December 2004, I departed in late December, as it turns out prior to Inchop onto OP Catalyst.

Further -

I left the ship in Diego Garcia, it may have been early January by that stage, but I thought it was December.

Diego Garcia is a British administered island in the Indian Ocean and a United States Naval Base. It is not in the Middle East Area of Operations for Warlike Service. Dennis states that he left the ship at Diego Garcia. That was prior to the ship entering the Warlike area on the 9 January, 2005.

Unfortunately, there is no entitlement to the AASM for a crew member visiting an allied Naval Base in the Indian Ocean. You do not get an AASM, for nearly being in a prescribed warlike MEAO area. He would have known that, as would have every other Crew Member on the ship.

ANZMI has also been advised that the AASM entitlement was never recorded on his records. Either incorrectly, or correctly. Dennis has never provided any evidence to support his version that the medal was incorrectly recorded on his personal records.

Another problem for Ryan Dennis is that we know that he has been wearing the replica AASM on his RAN uniform for well over a four year period.

2016 was the year the first photo was posted on Facebook. The photo would have been taken many years before that when Dennis was a more junior sailor, a Leading Hand. That is supported by the fact that he is now a Chief Petty Officer.

He states that he purchased the replica medal and wore it “until the original caught up with me.”

If that statement was true, you would think that he would have made one phone call to Australian Honours and Awards in all that time, and said, “Where is my AASM, I have been waiting for many years”.

Alternatively, he could have applied for the medal through official channels as normal, instead of purchasing a replica and have it court mounted on his medal rack.

It is difficult to conclude, other than C.P.O. Ryan Dennis is a Medal Cheat and an Honour Thief, who has illegally worn the AASM for many years until his alleged entitlement was recently challenged by colleagues and ANZMI.

Our readers can make their own conclusions on the facts presented.

Dennis now joins a number of other current and former RAN colleagues who appear on this site.

Surname: Ellery
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Altona
Service: Army
Branch: Army 5/7 Infantry Battalion
Case Notes:


Craig Ellery is another St John Ambulance Officer who has embellished his medal rack. He currently carries out his duties as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona. Melbourne Victoria. He is a Medal Cheat and Honour Thief.


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In the above photograph, Ellery wears the following medal ribands.

1. Australian Service Medal. (ASM)
2. Defence Long Service Medal. (DLSM)

Second row.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM).
4. Voluntary Medical Service Medal. (VMSM) U.K Award. Not entitled.


5. International Year of the Volunteer Medal. (IYVM) Tin medal


ANZMI received information that Craig Ellery has embellished his rack and is not entitled to wear the last two medal ribands displayed on his rack. The VMSM and the IYVM.

1. The VMSM is shown below.

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The VMSM is a United Kingdom award proclaimed in 1932. It is awarded for 15 years continuous service as a volunteer for St Andrews First Aid or the British Red Cross. It is a Long Service Medal rewarding those volunteers who have served those Institutions for the required period. It is recognised in the Australian Honours and Awards system, and may be worn on the left side when awarded.

Recipients of this award are registered in the London Gazette.

Ellery is not registered in the London Gazette as a Recipient of this medal.

The last medal on his rack is the International Year of the Volunteer Medal. See below -;


International Year of Volunteers was designated for 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly. The initiative aimed at increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, to highlight the achievements of the millions of volunteers worldwide who devote their time to serving others, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteering.

This medal is not listed on the Australian Honours and Awards System. If worn, it is to be worn on the right breast and not mixed with or added to medals approved for wear by the Governor General on the left breast. It is a tin medal.

Ellery was contacted by a Researcher and invited to provide proof of his entitlements to the VMSM and the IYVM.

In a hostile response he stated -;

First Response

Mr. (name deleted) or whatever your name is.
I do not have to answer to you or anyone else concerning what honours and awards I possess. I know I have an entitlement to any medal I possess, so do what you will, you coward. If you care to meet me in a public forum I will be more than happy to present any documentation.
Have a good day!

Second Response

He then responded -;
You may take whatever you will from my email. The fact is I was awarded those medals from the appropriate delegates of those organisations, in Australia for my service to those organisations, in Australia. Do what you will as I don't care. This is my last message. Any messages from you or ANZMI (faceless cowards) will be deleted and blocked.

You would think that it would be a simple task to produce some supporting documentation for medals that you wear on your left breast. Any genuine medal recipient who is invited by ANZMI to provide that documentation does so. The matter is then concluded, and we congratulate them for their service.

On this occasion however, Ellery has adopted an aggressive attitude and states that he was awarded the VMSM in Australia for work he has done for those UK bodies (St Andrews First Aid and British Red Cross) in Australia.

If that is the case, why did he not just provide the evidence. He should be proud of his achievements over the 15 years he has put in to acquire the British VMSM medal, whilst not leaving Australia.

Following Ellery's belligerent response, a Researcher then contacted St Andrews First Aid, Australian Headquarters about Ellery's claims. This is their response -;

It appears that Craig Ellery was a member of St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia for a short period of time during the mid-2000s and ceased to be a member in February 2007.

Further, I can state that there is no record of Craig Ellery ever been awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal (VMSM) through St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia. Currently we have six members of our organisation who have been awarded the VMSM and they are listed in the schedule of approved foreign awards by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Craig Ellery is not one of them.

The British Red Cross, United Kingdom, were also contacted and they have no record of Craig Ellery ever being awarded the VMSM.

Ellery is a medal cheat. He has also stolen the honour of those six St Andrews First Aid personnel who have been recognised and awarded the VMSM for their dedication and loyalty.

Ellery needs to remove both medals from his rack immediately. He sets a bad example for St John Ambulance, and the young persons he mentors as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona, Melbourne, Victoria.

He joins a growing list of St John Ambulance personnel who now grace the ANZMI website for their lack of credibility.

It is now abundantly clear that St John Ambulance need to carry out an intensive audit, to ensure that all their staff comply with Australian Governor General Honours and Awards medal wearing protocols.

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