Most Australian veterans would look twice or even
thrice at Tony Bees rack of medals as worn when the
Bribie Island Naval Association Sub Section and the
Returned Services League Sub Branch combined to
commemorate Korean Forces Day at Bribie Island on
Queenslands Sunshine Coast on the 27 July 2006.
However nothing seems to have been said, or done.
We stumbled on to Tony Bees photograph whilst
working on another matter, subsequently we learnt
that a Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch
has been wrestling with the Tony Bees issue for more
than ten years. See the photo Below:
Bees is wearing on the top row a Military Medal and
Bar (MM) (Imperial bravery medals) two British Army
Korea medals, a General Service medal and another
unrecognised medal. The bottom row consists of
United States (US) medals including a Silver Star
(bravery medal), Bronze Star, Purple Heart (awarded
by US for being wounded in action) and two other
medals. A "Bar" worn on a bravery medal means that
the medal has been awarded twice. In the Bees photo
the "Bar", is the silver horizontal device about a
third of the way up the ribbon above the actual
medal. It is clearly visible in the photograph and
by wearing it Tony Bees is declaring that he has
won the Military Medal for bravery on two occasions.
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Organisations to take early decisive action against
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We wrote to Tony Bees and requested that he show
evidence of having received the various bravery
awards. Here is his reply
Original Message -----
Friday, September 07, 2007 9:14 AM
Bees joined the British regular Army in 1949 and
trained as a Assault commando then went into a tank
served in Far East Land Forces in different
countries and emergencies also in British Army Of
the question of Medals in 1999 the then Executive of
the Nambour RSL sub branch instigated an
investigation on the same subject as you are doing
now, and got the same results from the Ministry of
Bees however did get a reply from the war office on
this issue,he then gave all the relevant documents
to his Arbitrator at that time "RSM Frank Pallet
RAA OAM Retd" (since Deceased)
to be passed
on at that meeting, The executive were satisfied
with this report and placed all the documents
relating to this incident into thier (sic) Archives
by the branch Secretary.
Mr Bees does not receive any type of Pension
from DVA nor any Benifits (sic) from DVA,
that is why he has to do the job he does at his
age to survive, He also states as it seems to be a
problem for your faceless enquirers,He will never
again wear any Medals to any ANZAC parade
or reunion .
The email appears to have been written by Anthony
Bees himself his email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org The word "sasqual" of
course alludes to him being qualified as an Special
Air Service (SAS) soldier.
Bees did not know that we had the above photo when
he answered our letter and he has failed to address
the issue of the Bar to "his" Military Medal and
the United States bravery medals. The only medals
mentioned in the RSL meeting referred to in his
email above related to wearing a Military Medal
(MM) with no Bar.
We well know that the UK Ministry of
Defence will not disclose information about British
ex servicemen. Service Records can be acquired with
the consent of the ex soldier but for obvious
reasons Bees will not give permission. There
are many other avenues to gain information
about soldiers from the United Kingdom. This
includes Ex Service Associations, and for bravery
awards recipients The London Gazette
In his reply, Bees alludes to an investigation at a
Queensland RSL where, with the assistance of "RSM
Frank Pallett RAA OAM Retd" (now deceased) he
produced "conclusive" evidence to the RSL
committee "proving" his credentials as a Special
Forces hero who had been awarded a Military Medal.
What was that evidence?
1. A letter purporting to have been written by
Major Lowther, Bart
"proving" Bees clandestine service in
Kenya. (The post nominal
"Bart" means Baronet).
2. A Statutory Declaration signed by Bees and
witnessed by Frank
At the meeting where the above evidence was
presented by Bees the following verbal information
was also tendered ; "Bees informed us
that he had been awarded the Military Medal for a
brave act in rescuing a farmer's wife and two
children hiding under a veranda in Kenya, Africa.
This was during the Mau Mau uprising not Korea as
mentioned in this original email."
The RSL never scrutinised the letter from Major
Lowther, Bart, it was only shown to the RSL
President, who then wrote a note to the committee. Here is
the Letter written by the then President, and the
Statutory Declaration presented to the committee by
Bees and Frank Pallett
Here is what Anthony Bees
declared on the "scribbly" Statutory Declaration:
"I do hereby declare that I wear the
Military Medal Awarded to me by the British
Government under circumstances which I am not
allowed to disclose with great honour. My no and
rank on discharge 22276149 Tpr Bees. I am fully
aware of the Penalties for making a false statement
as I am a Justice of the Peace Queensland"
Our UK Agent advises that there is not now, and never
has been a "Major Lowther, Barts"
of Special Forces, Thetford, England. The letter
seen by the then President is a forgery and Bees is
the most logical suspect to be the forger. The
Statutory Declaration is false and as Bees has said
on the declaration "I am fully aware of the
penalties for making a false statement".
Anthony Bees has told lies on a Statutory
Declaration to gain benefit and must be prosecuted
by the law.
In his reply email, Bees has said:
Mr Bees does not receive any type of Pension
from DVA nor any Benifits (sic) from DVA,
that is why he has to do the job he does at his
age to survive.
We have a short Bees resume, where he describes
himself as a "Part time Coroner".
this statement he is drawing a very long bow. The
Queensland State Coroners office say they have no
"Part Time Coroners", in fact Bees works in the
morgue of a regional hospital. Claiming to be a
"Part Time Coroner" is akin to a Council Street
Sweeper claiming to be "Part time Mayor". In
relation to "DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs)
benefits." Bees has no entitlement to benefits
from DVA, however we believe he is administered by
DVA on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, War
Disablement Pension organisation and is in receipt
of some benefits from that UK office.
Anthony Bees claims to have been involved in
clandestine military operations in Kenya that he is
forbidden to speak about because of obligations
under the Official Secrets Act of the United
Kingdom. As well as the letter from the mysterious "
Major Lowther, Barts" other
evidence of this "secret work" is shown on his 1993
dated application to join the RSL. On the document
signed by Bees on the 12 Oct 1993 - Shown below -
Bees says his rank was from "Cpl - Major"
and he claims service with the Army and "Other" in
Korea, Malaysia and "Other". (Inferring secret
service and secret destinations)
In the British Army there is a
rank Corporal Major. If Bees was claiming to have
been a Corporal Major he would have written "Cpl
Major" on the RSL Application and not " Cpl
- Major" indicating his rank went from Corporal
to Major. A Corporal Major in the British Army is
equivalent to a Warrant Officer - a Regimental
Corporal Major being equivalent to a Warrant Officer
First Class and a Squadron Corporal Major equivalent
to a Warrant Officer Second Class. Bees Certificate
of Discharge shows him as being a Trooper on
discharge after twelve years service, that rank is
equivalent to a Private soldier.
The above document shows his discharge date as
21 April 1966. The document he
purports is his Certificate of Discharge shows his
discharge date as 25 April 1961.
The Certificate of Discharge further shows, that
although his discharge date was 25 April
1961 it was signed on the 24 March
1961. There are numerous suspicious marks
on the certificate that indicate it has been
altered. See Below:
from other sources to show Bees was never awarded an
MM and Bar. (For brevity we will not show the
The British Commonwealth Ex-Services League,
48 Pall Mall London SWIY 7308 state:
"I have today had confirmation that the MM was
not awarded to him for any operation whether covert
"you will wish to know we have checked all
London Gazettes for the period from 1952 to 1962
which covers Kenya, Cyprus, Malaya, Suez, Korea,
Trucial States, Aden and the Congo and no MM has
ever been awarded to anyone called BEES. These
gazette issues include awards to all UK and
Commonwealth Forces and locally enlisted forces such
as the Aden Levies etc under British Command.
Unless it was awarded prior or after these dates
then he is not entitled to wear this decoration"
Google Search Engine
If you follow the instructions below there you have
90 pages of British Recipients of the
Military Medal. Anthony Bees is not among
Google Search - Military Medal
Scroll to Military Medal Wikipedia
Click and scroll down to Category: Recipients
of the MM
There are numerous British soldiers listed who
are shown as having received the award whilst
serving with Special Air Service.
The Royal Armoured Corps War Memorial
Benevolent Fund C/- Regimental Headquarters, Royal
Tank Regiment, Stanley barracks, Bovington UK state:
"I have made enquiries with the Medals Office
(Army) and the Military Secretaries branch 16, MOD.
Both offices have no record of Mr Bees being awarded
the Military Medal (MM)"
UK Ministry of Defence - Army Historical
Branch, 3-5 Great Scotland Yard London advise:
"We have found no records to suggest that Mr
Bees was awarded the Military medal"
The London Gazette promulgates all honours and
awards and officer promotions. Bees is not listed
anywhere in the London Gazette as he would have
been, if he were awarded an MM or been
commissioned as an Officer as shown on his RSL
Application. In addition the mysterious "Maj
Lowther, Bart" does not appear anywhere in
the London Gazette.
It is well known that persons receiving honours
whilst serving with Special Forces, for security
reasons may be listed in the London Gazette under
their "home" unit, meaning the unit in which they
served before working with Special Forces. This
means that even though a medal may have been awarded
for work with Special Forces it is still promulgated
in the London Gazette against their "home unit".
Bravery Awards for Special Forces personnel are
not suppressed for security reasons, especially
those supposedly awarded fifty years ago.
We have found no records in the London Gazette to
suggest that Mr Bees was awarded the Military Medal
in any unit in the United Kingdom.
Bees Korean unit The 8th King's Royal Irish
Hussars know nothing of his MM and Bar. We
received this email through an intermediary.
"I have spoken
with the Regimental Secretary of the 8th Kings
Irish Hussars. They have a Bees who served in
Korea, as a Corporal with the Recce Troop.
There are no Bees in the list of Honours and
awards in connection with Korean Service to
anyone of this name. They have apparently had
previous enquiries about him. This chap
obviously needs to be confronted and told that
there is no record of him being awarded a
Military Medal, and Bar, nor of any American
Awards, and asked to produce the evidence. He
seems to be trying to make a name for himself in
the Korean Veteran Community, the sooner it is
cleared the better for all concerned.
From our United Kingdom ANZMI
"There is no record of Tony Bees being
awarded an MM in this campaign.
There was a small involvement by the SAS
in Kenya but no MM's awarded.
From info provided Tony Bees is not
entitled to wear the MM and definitely
did not serve with Special Forces."
The report from the 8th Kings Irish Hussars
states that Bees served as a Corporal, yet
on his Certificate of Discharge and on his
Statutory Declaration he is shown as
"Trooper". Because of the extent of Bees
known lies, his reluctance to explain his
true service and our inability to view
Bees's UK Service file without his
permission it is not possible to prove
conclusively that Bees is even the same
person shown as having served in Korea with
the 8th Kings Irish Hussars.
You may also ask why he has shown his rank
as Cpl - Major meaning "Corporal to Major"
on his RSL Application. If he was a
commissioned officer why would he say he was
a trooper on his Statutory Declaration. If
he was a soldier of outstanding qualities
and abilities who had been awarded two
imperial and a US bravery medal and served
with Special Forces under very secret
conditions, can you imagine him only
reaching the rank of "Trooper" after twelve
years service. (A Trooper is equal to a
Private soldier). Neither his
written or verbal tales stands up to
During this investigation we found no evidence to
indicate that Tony Bees earned any of the USA awards
that he "sported" on the occasion of the Bribie
Island ceremony on the 27 July 2006. They are all
fakes. This is the first known occasions that
he has worn them, and a Bar to the Military Medal.
Tony Bees laid a remembrance wreath at that event on
behalf of the Sunshine Coast Korean Veterans
Association Inc. On that occasion every genuine
veteran attending must have found his rack of medals
rather odd, however nothing was done by anybody
attending. It is a gross insult to those being
remembered to have the wreath laid by a scandalous,
Bees is the President of the Korean Veterans
Sunshine Coast Association Incorporated, in
Queensland. Was his election to President assisted
by his contemptuous acts of medal fraud? Surely
veterans from the Sunshine Coast could have figured
out that Bees is a fraud, his array of medals is
ludicrous. It has been stated by members of that
organization that Bees is known to be a fraud, but
"does such a good job as President they
let him be" - How could genuine Korean
veterans have such notions festering in their
brains? Aiding and abetting wannabes and
military frauds is equally offensive as the act it
Time and technology have caught up with older frauds
like Tony Bees, who seem to think that migrating to
the Antipodes shields them from scrutiny, however,
ANZMI through the miracle of the Internet and their
massive cumulative military experience can reach
into filing cabinets in most countries of the world.
agent resident in the UK has been kept extremely
busy these last few years - and looks forward to
assisting us in any further investigations.
The act of falsely wearing bravery medals is an
offence against the Defence act that carries a
fine of $3,300 or imprisonment for six months or
both. Despite our continued protestations the
Australian Federal Police, State Police and
Public Prosecutors continue to insult
Australian veterans by ignoring those who
offend. For instance Reginald Bruce Newton (see
his entry on our site) is a
dishonest unrepentant fraud who continues to
mesmerise his sycophants and continues to
falsely claim he earned a Military Cross and Bar
through acts of Cold War military bravery.
Newton was "outed" in March 2006 and has
since been ignored by law enforcement agencies.
We iterate this is
an insult to Australian veterans and their mates
who paid the supreme sacrifice. We strongly urge
action against Bees, Newton and all other
offenders who are being deliberately ignored by
our law enforcement agencies.
It is notable that many ex
service organisations, both British and
Australian involved with Bees were quick to
assist in exposing Bees as a wannabe. We would
hope that all ex service organisations expel
Bees for his disgraceful behaviour, because, if
Ex Service Organisations don't take appropriate
action, how can we expect the law enforcement
agencies to become serious. It behoves Ex
Service Organizations to lodge official
complaints about wannabes to law enforcement
authorities. We can't deport Bees back to the UK
but we can at least send him to Coventry.
Tony Bees is a fraud who was confident enough to
believe he could fool us Colonials into
believing he is a British Korean war, and Kenyan
Special Forces hero. Well Tony Bees as long
as we Colonials have breath in our bodies we
will pursue and "out" fools like you. We have
world wide contacts and we do our work
diligently and honourably and will continue to
do so until the last wannabe is
comprehensively rounded up, roped and branded -
as Bees has been.
recently received a photograph of Mr Bees
miniature medals, a very impressive rack don't
Medal & Bar
United Nations Medal
General Service Medal with Kenya clasp
(bronze issued 1952-1956 Mau Mau Rebellion)
Service Medal with Malaya Bar (UK)
6) Silver Star
(USA Gallantry in Action)
Commemorative Medal (trip Australia to Korea
-by Korean Government)
Service Medal (USA 1950-1954) Bought one
Commemorative Medal 50th Anniversary Medal
National Service Commemorative Medal
1939-1960 (bought one)
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