is another example of the RSL allowing wannabes to
infest their ranks. RSL Presidents are considered to
be among community leaders and their
must be beyond reproach.
Here is a photo of Trevor Chapman officially
representing the RSL on a commemorative occasion.
Notice that Chapman is wearing three medals on his
left breast and together with all his buttons and
badges he looks like a proper little veteran. The
three medals he is wearing are all self purchased
United Kingdom Tin commemorative medals, they are
General Service Cross Commemorative Medal.
2. National Service Commemorative Medal.
3. British Forces Germany Medal.
Trevor Chapman served in Germany in a British Army,
Royal Artillery, and Anti Aircraft unit during the
He was awarded no medals for his service. Obviously
to make himself a more presentable in the
prestigious position of RSL Sub Branch President he
has been to a medal shop and purchased Tin trinkets.
is unacceptable and should he not take the hint and
remove his “pretty self purchased trinkets” he
should be treated with contempt by those Marion RSL
members who have earned and wear genuine medals.
Chapman is not the worst wannabe we have encountered
but there is a steady increase in his kind infesting
The government is very clear about the wearing of
medals by serving and ex-service personal. The
protocol for wearing of medals can be found at the
following web site. This site also has information
dealing with wearing of Unofficial medals as seen
sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to
mark participation in particular military campaigns,
periods of service or types of service that have not
through the Australian
system. Awards made by foreign governments which
have not been approved by the Governor-General for
acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There is
no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate
private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant
ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the
relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial
medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and
commemorative events, but if they are worn as the
occasion demands, the convention is that they are
worn on the right breast.
The RSL South Australian Branch also has a web site
regarding the wearing of medals
As the President of an RSL it is Chapman’s
responsibility to comply with official protocol as
published by the government and his own State RSL
Branch. By failing to do so, he shows a lack of
leadership and respect to serving and ex-service men
and women by wearing his tin medals on his left
We will continue to name and shame RSL executives
who wear inappropriate medals to boost their egos.