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

Surname: Harkins
Christian Names: Michael Walter
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Abbortsford, Sydney
Service #: None
Commencement of service: NoneInsert Harkins 1
Case Notes:



Michael Walter Harkins has devoted his life to Public Service in the UK and in Australia. He has been rewarded for his service with two medals they are -;

1. For his good work in the United Kingdom Public Service, he was awarded to be a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

2. For his good work in Australia, he has been awarded the Australian Public Service Medal.

Notice he wears a neck device and a third medal on the left of his rack, these two items are not official awards and represent a schismatic Order of St John of Jerusalem.

You almost need a PhD to figure out this mess but simply put, there is an Anglican Order of St John who is headed by the Her Majesty the Queen of England. This group is recognized by the Governor General of Australia and their medals can be worn together with Australian Federal medals and approved foreign medals on the left breast.

There are then numerous other groups named "The Order of St John". A main one is a Roman Catholic group, who is headed by Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto from Malta. They together with other schisms, are operating and endowing the Hoi Poloi with trinkets.

Harkins neckpiece and medal are an example of these trinkets from an unrecognized schism.

The neckpiece worn by Harkins is not approved by the Governor General of Australia. The medal is not approved for wear on the left breast. Both can be worn on private occasions within the confines of the particular schism.

Harkins wears his finery on public commemorative occasions, as can be seen in the above photograph, at a military commemoration on 26 Jan 2018.

Below, he wears the unofficial medal.

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Michael Harkins was recently employed as Protocols Officer in the office of the Premier of New South Wales. One would think that such a person would be "au fait" with official government policy regarding the wearing of medals.

Even though the two genuine medals Harkins wears are not of a military nature they are prestigious, and would have been earned by devotion and hard work. It is a pity that Harkins chose to sully his reputation by wearing trinkets.

Welcome to our web site Michael Walter Harkins

Surname: Harlow
Christian Names: Robert "Tassie" Trevor
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bega
Service #: 6410223
Service: Army
Branch: RAA
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:




Robert "Tassie" Harlow has four awarded medals, but has chosen to add two "Tin" Commemorative Medals to his rack to portray the image of a Veteran with six medals.

Harlow's service included Vietnam with 4 Field Regiment from May 67 to May 68.  For his Defence service he was awarded:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

VietnamMedal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

VietnamCampaign Medal (VCM)

Harlowhas "tacked" two "Tin" medals to his awarded rack, these are:

Commemorative Regular Force Service Medal

Citizens Military Forces Service Medal.

Now instead of being a stalwart, well respected Vietnam Veteran he becomes a medals cheat who has tacked two worthless medals to his rack.

The general public have no knowledge about medals and believe that "Tin" medals are genuine  medals, awarded for military service. We assume Harlow has tacked on the extra medals for his own vanity.

If you wear  "Tin" with your awarded medals you will eventually be noticed and become part of  our ever increasing list of frauds, liars and wannabes.

We welcome Robert "Tassie" Harlow of Bega, NSW to our web site



Surname: Harrison (Previously
Christian Names: Gerald Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service #: 4400165 and 41693
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 18 Jan 52
Completion of service: 17 Jan 55
Case Notes:




Gerald Francis Harrison OAMhas lied about his military service for at least 40 years. Even after our extensive investigation there are still questions unanswered. He has admitted to an ANZMI investigator that he has comprehensively lied about the details of his service in Korea. Harrison claims to have served under the name 4400165 Edward Ernest Carr. Carr's birthdate is the same as Harrisons. We have also traced a 1957 marriage announcement advising of Carr's marriage to a lady named xxxxxx. It is known that Harrison's ex wife had the same name. We have also traced an Edward Ernest Carr to the Rostrevor Secondary School in Adelaide, which is the school Harrison claims to have attended. There was another person attending Rostrevor School in the 1950s named Gerald Harrison, he was a champion sportsman, however he was not "our" Harrison.

Here is Harrison's version of his service that is now filed as official war History in "The State Library of South Australia". It is 26 pages of fanciful lies, designed to turn the service of a very mundane uninteresting private soldier into the service of a cavalier warrior who has become a false doyen of the Adelaide Veteran Community:

The document can be read in full at this reference:


Much of what Harrison has said is fiction. He falsely claims to have arrived in Korea in 1951 and served on "the front line" until 1953. He tells of being involved in the historic 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) Battle of Maryang San in October 1951 and of being wounded in action on more that one occasion.

Harrison claims his original name was Edward Ernest John Carr. There is a document on Carr's file showing that he changed his name by dropping "John" as his third Christian name.

Sometime after being discharged from the Army, he claims to have changed his name to Gerald Francis Harrison from Edward Ernest Carr.

If he served in Korea under the name of Edward Ernest Carr, he did not arrive in Korea until 4 October 1952 and departed on 6 October 1953, his service was very ordinary and the only time he was wounded was when a Corporal A K Allen punched him on the nose in February 1953. The Corporal was charged with striking Carr, and Carr was charged with using offensive language to the Corporal.

As detailed in his personal history, on return to Australia, Harrison/Carr claims to have attained the rank of Sergeant, and been posted to Malaysia where he qualified as a parachutist. In fact, after Carr returned to Australia he stayed in South Australia and he was discharged as a Private Soldier on 17th January 1955.

When questioned about his lies he admitted that he had lied about his time in Korea but stated that he had stolen the service of his cousin named Maurice James Carr who had also "served in Korea from 1951 to 1953". This is a lie because whilst a Maurice James Carr did serve in Korea he did not arrive until October 1952 and was not at the battle of Maryang San and was not wounded in action.

It is obvious that Carr is a pathological liar who will say whatever he thinks he can get away with.

It is bizarre and incongruous that a person who has comprehensively lied about his military history could be awarded an OAM for educating children about Australia's military history. Note that the OAM citation says:

"For service to the welfare of Veterans and their families, and to the Community as a participant in programs developed to educate children about Australia's' military history"

Harrison was so good at his deception that he convinced the 3RAR Association that he was at the battle of Maryang San. On the 2 October 2011 at a special ceremony he was awarded a Commemorative Certificate and Life Membership to the Association for his participation at Maryang San. Below is a photograph of the occasion together with a clipping from the 3RAR Association "In Touch" newsletter.

Harrison has a high profile in the Adelaide Veteran community. He has been the President of the Korea and South East Asia Forces Association and is a member of The South Australian Consultative Forum. The purpose of this forum is:

"To provide a mechanism for regular consultation and discussion between the Deputy Commissioner and Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) to discuss systemic issues that concern the veteran and defence communities arising from the range of DVA operations".

We assert that Harrison is not a fit and proper person to have influence in the Adelaide Veteran Community, we suggest:

His OAM should be rescinded by the Office of the Governor General.

He should be expelled from the 3RAR Association.

Expelled from all ex Service organisations.

All reference to his association with Maryang San should be expunged from records

The personal history ensconced in the South Australian State Library should be destroyed, or at least marked "fiction".

We are aware that many in the Adelaide Veteran Community will find it hard to believe that this kindly venerable "gentleman" is a liar and a con-man with a track record of 40 years of "big noting" and deceit.

He is very suited to be on this web site and must be removed from all aspects of the Adelaide Veteran Community.


Surname: Hatzifotis
Christian Names: Kon
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Case Notes:



This is the story so far;  

Kon Hatzifotis has inserted a political advertisement (pictured left) running for office in Redland Shire, outer Brisbane where he states in the header of the ad, that he "Served in Australian Army, Vietnam." He is also President of the Hellenic RSL Queensland Sub-branch.

There is no record of a Hatzifotis serving in any unit, in any capacity 'in country', during any period of the Vietnam conflict. Hatzifotis it appears was a National Service inductee and served with 9 RAR (9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment) but did not serve in Vietnam.

When approached by a Queensland RVVG member and a CPMH team member, Hatzifotis claimed that the advertisement had been altered by the newspaper. His instructions for the advertisement read "Served in Australian Army during Vietnam" - an interesting play on words, and quite ambiguous if not misleading.


The Courier Mail in Brisbane, which has exposed military imposters before, followed up on the story with an article in which Hatzifotis attempted to correct his position. The article pointed out that Hatzifotis had marched on previous Anzac Days wearing medals, claiming that they were "Greek religious medals".

Courier Mail article and political campaign advertisement here.

On ANZAC Day 2000, he was nowhere to be seen, despite quite a contingent of newspaper and television reporters keen to meet him in full regalia.

Investigations are continuing and this matter remains on foot.

  Anzac Day 2004

Yes Kon was there again at the front of his Hellenic RSL Group.  Well he was when the march started but while they were forming up he was in amongst his troops and each time a camera was pointed at him he managed to turn his back to it so in typical Veteran ambush style several Veterans moved to strategic spots and each time he turned around at least one of them could take a photo of him.

It was then time to step off and naturally Kon was out front leading the Greek contingent with his beret and RAR badge, to which he has an entitlement to wear, but it would seem that the Greek Religious medal he claimed he was wearing back in the year 1999 had been miraculously turned into a Vietnam Medal and Infantry Combat Badge.  The very medal we claimed he was wearing, but he denied and called a religious medal way back then when he wanted to be a Redlands councillor.

We are probably being a bit harsh on Kon as he obviously isn't really switched on about his former minor time in the Army or he would realise that the only real thing he was wearing was  a standard blue all corps beret with his RAR badge on it and a National Service Medal.

It would seem that Kon is a con and he no doubt knows that he is on these pages as he failed to appear at the head of, or even in the ranks of the Hellenic RSL group in the year 2000.

He marched with them again in 2001 and 2002 and at both of these parades he was without medals. Religious or his bogus Vietnam medal.  

Now it is only assumed here, but we reckon he was keeping his eye on this site and noticed that we had been busting quite a few other bogus Veterans and he was slowly slipping down the pages into oblivion. 

2003 and the CPMH investigators thought that Kon had seen the errors of his ways and did not pay him any attention on this parade.  We should have as he had slipped so far down our pages he was right out of sight so out came the medals again and Kon proudly led the Hellenic group again as a Veteran with his medals on.  

You may have thought you got away with it Kon but a lot of people reported you to the site so this year we were ready and we snapped many photos of you and your bogus medals and even made a movie of you.  One of those photos can be seen and you can quite clearly see the Infantry Combat badge incorrectly mounted on your bogus Viet Nam medal.  If you would like to view all the other photos then we suggest you approach the Federal police as they will have them in a few days time and will be hopefully paying you a visit in the near future. 


The fines and jail terms have been increased Kon.   Are you to be our test case to see if the Federal Police and the legal system will do justice for impostors on behalf of genuine Veterans.????


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: Hawker
Christian Names: Phillip Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Berri
Service #: 4717380
Service: Army - National Service and CMF
Branch: RAASC
Commencement of service: 1 Jul 1965
Case Notes:

4717380 Phillip Charles HAWKER of Berri in the Riverland region of South Australia planned and executed a manoeuvre to make himself a Vietnam Veteran, without ever departing Australia's shores.



Hawker's Defence File shows that he was conscripted as a National Serviceman on the 1 July 1965 and discharged on 30 June 1967. He served in the now defunct Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) as an Air Despatcher. In 1969 he re-enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) where he subsequently attained the rank of Captain.

Hawker's Defence Service file, clearly records no overseas service, yet in an audacious manner he convinced Defence Department Honours and Awards that he had served in Vietnam. On the 5th October 2000 the Acting Director of Honours and Awards approved the issue of two medals for his "Vietnam service". Here is the letter:


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Note that the approval was issued on the basis of a Statutory Declaration (Stat Dec)submitted by Mr xxxxx, that supported other Statutory Declarations. We have contacted Mr xxxx and he advises that he can't recall any such visits to Vietnam and he wrote on the Statutory Declaration what Hawker asked him to say.


Hawker has coerced xxxx and other members from his ex Army unit to sign Stat Decs stating that they had knowledge of him going to Vietnam. Here is xxxx's Stat Dec



We have in our possession a third Statutory Declaration, however we have been unable to contact the author.

As far as Army Records are concerned, Hawker never went to Vietnam and Defence Honours and Awards have ignored Central Army Records Office advice.

Subsequently on the 5th November 2007 Hawker endeavoured to use his Honours and Awards Veteran status to "con" benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

Here is an excerpt from a long submission from Hawker to DVA, where he clearly states he served in Vietnam.




Hawker has added a bit of drama to his fictitious adventures, with a secret sortie that got "shot up with small arms fire" a "very angry Army Officer" and "long smelly boxes he assumed were coffins"

It is absurd to assert that Private Soldiers were secretly bundled off to Vietnam and then warned by Officers and Warrant Officers that they were under the Official Secrets Act and could not talk about their experience.

The real reason that Hawker waited until 1992 to submit his claims was because he had to wait until ex Warrant Officer Ray Harvey was deceased, because Harvey was the only person who could directly refute Hawker's claims

We have been working on this case for more than a year. In the early stages of the investigation we advised Honours and Awards that we believed that Hawker did not go to Vietnam and that the matter involved false Statutory Declarations. Honours and awards advised that they had advised the Australian Federal Police and they were handling the matter.

Because no action had been taken we decided to again take the matter up with Honours and Awards and we received this positive reply.

Dear xxxx,
Your phone call to the Directorate of Honours and Awards seeking information on an individual is acknowledged.
Unfortunately information of this nature canot (sic) be released to third parties. I can assure you however that we will contribute to any formal (sic) that may be conducted.

We are prepared to state that Hawker did not go the Vietnam and that he has executed a devious plan to be able to wear Vietnam Medals and falsely attempt to claim DVA benefits. He has succeeded with the medals part but despite a long winded and fraudulent submission to Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) he has been refused DVA benefits.

Hawker has manipulated people who should know better, and convinced them to commit crimes by making false declarations. As well as his fraudulent submissions to Honours and Awards and DVA Hawker has committed criminal acts by falsely wearing medals and claiming to be a returned Veteran.

Throughout his DVA submission he posed scenarios then created explanations, for instance:

ex Warrant Officer Ray Harvey, the only person who Hawker claims had first hand knowledge of the affair is deceased.

He was told he was on a secret missions and ordered not to talk about them.

The only place his trips were recorded were on his Log Book, and Central Army Records Office (CARO) had destroyed that. Log books are personal issue to individuals and are never sent to CARO.

Hawker is a devious person who systematically planned and executed an operation to defraud the Department of Honours and Awards and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Honours and Awards made a bad decision based on false Statutory Declarations.

It is clearly noted on Hawker's CARO file that Honours and Awards were advised that Hawker did not at any time serve in Vietnam during his National Service commitment or at any other time during his Army Service.

We suggest that he return the ill gotten medals and remove himself from contact of decent veterans.

Surname: Hawkins
Christian Names: Peter Stanley
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

Peter Hawkins enlisted into the RAAF, 10 Feb 1967, served as an Airfield Defence Guard at Ubon, Thailand,  arriving 15th Dec  1967 returning to Australia after 6 months on compassionate grounds.  On return he remustered as a Physical Training Instructor serving in numerous units as expected of a long serving member of the RAAF and then he eventually remustered again finishing his career as a Warrant Officer, Discipline. WO(D)

An Airman of such standing and integrity, someone young Airmen & women could look up to and to aspire to become, a role model for the young officers to emulate, someone who's leadership they could epitomize.

A WO(D) is the equivalent of a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in the Army and above we have described some of the attributes that can/should be expected from such a person.

Warrant Officers' are often charged with the duty of Guardian, preserving and enshrining the traditions and history of their Unit and Service. Such a person only receives this appointment because he was held in high esteem. One would think that after taking the uniform off he would have maintained such dignity.

Not so for Peter Stanley Hawkins, it is alleged that on occasions, he has embellished his service with stories that are far fetched but, as these cannot be substantiated we will not go into details, unless of course a reader of this can confirm and substantiate any such stories.

He claims to have served in South Vietnam as seen on an application to transfer from one RSL Sub Branch to another below.


Peter Hawkins, you have been caught out wearing the Vietnam Medal and Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasps Vietnam which, you are not entitled to.  You have been caught wearing what appears to be Tin at the end of your medals rack as well.  If you must wear tin to enhance your service then the appropriate area to wear them would be on the right breast and well below any NOK medals you may be able to wear.


Why would a man with such an exemplary career would resort to embellishing and tarnishing his long service is something we here at ANZMI cannot fathom. It is the actions of a fool, one who needs help.  If you need to dress yourself up to be something you are not after a 35 year career it possibly indicates a low esteem and dissatisfaction within yourself.

You should have been proud to wear the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp Thailand, the Defence Force Service Medal with 20, 25, 30, & 35 year clasps and the National Medal. There should be no reason to embellish your career as those medals speak for themselves.

Peter Stanley Hawkins, you once were a leading example of integrity, a founding member of the Blue Eagles where you are held in high regard.  You have let your peers down and you have insulted veterans who do not need to embellish themselves.

Under the Defence Act 1903 you were appointed to the rank of Warrant Officer and to carefully and diligently discharge your duty as required by Military Law and to conduct yourself in a manner to ensure respect for lawful authority and to uphold the honourable tradition of the rank, "Warrant Officer".

Under the Defence Act, something you would have advised on and were required to administer, it is an offence to wear medals one is not entitled to. By wearing these medals you are not entitled to, you have shown contempt and disregard to all your former peers and fellow veterans and dishonoured yourself. Remove these medals from your rack before you perpetuate your dishonour.

Peter Stanley Hawkins was sent a letter from ANZMI asking him to prove his entitlement to wear these medals. He was also given an opportunity to repent and apologise to the veteran community. He did neither instead he chose to ignore the letter.

Peter now resides here and the "war service" he claims is now available to the world.

29th May 2011


We have managed to identify the un-official tin medal that Peter Stanley Hawkins is wearing as well as other RAAF personnel who also wear it. The medal is known as the Ubon Medal, a worthless medal obliviously struck up by ex RAAF persons that served at the RAAF Base Ubon Thailand during the Vietnam War.

Whoever designed the medal should have chosen a different ribbon for two reasons; the first is that the colours chosen are that of the Thai National Flag. Using the colours of a National flag to make up worthless piece of junk for these glory hunters to make them selves look like they are some kind of heroes by wearing extra medals they are not entitled to, is an insult to service personnel who have earned their official medals.

The second and this is just as insulting more so to the Thai people is the ribbon had been used for an official Thai medal in 1933 named “The Safeguarding the Constitution Medal” and was awarded to those who assisted in suppression of the 1933 rebellion against the constitution and the newly formed constitutional monarchy of 1932.

On the observe is a radiant two-tiered pedestal bearing the Constitution within a floreate wreath. On the Reverse is the deity Pra Siam Taewathirat (Lord Protector of Siam).

The top bar is inscribed in Thai “Sacrificing Your Life” and on the suspension “For The Country”

Our recommendation to these ex RAAF personnel, who wear the medal, is to remove it as it is highly offensive to the people of Thailand. It should also not be worn with official awarded medals.

You will see in the photograph taken in 2007 in Perth other ex RAAF personnel wearing the same tin medal and one member has it mounted in front of an official medal. Obviously some ex RAAF personnel have no knowledge re the protocol of the wearing medals which does not say much for their pride or intelligence.


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth obtained from Service records.


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