But, Neil FANCOURT
proudly wears the following
as you can see in his photograph:
Unit Citation (PUC)
Infantry Combat Badge
AASM with Clasp Viet Nam
United Nations Korea Medal
Viet Nam Medal
Australian Service Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The Profile as
shown in the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia,
(WA) SITREP Magazine, profile
here details Fancourt as having served
in Korea, Malaya and Viet Nam in both Infantry and
Engineers. The real fact is that Fancourt
never served in Korea or Malaya and his
service in Viet Nam was with Ordnance Corps and could not be classed as dangerous.
Fancourt claims to
have been in the Battle of Kapyong (Korea) on
24th - 25th April 1951 which meant that he would not
have reached his 18th birthday. DOB
here The fact is that no
soldier could serve in Korea less than 19 years of
age. Fancourt's name does not appear on the Army
Orders of the award of the US PUC (copy
of Army Order on file) and Veteran's
from the battle have never heard of him.
Fancourt has been at some events where
Battle of Kapyong Veterans have gathered but he never
stays around long enough to tell his so called war stories with
these real Veterans.
To cover this
anomaly, Fancourt has claimed he served in Korea under
an assumed name.
Record checks show that a person of that name
did serve in Korea in 1955/56 as a driver (not during
the Battle of Kapyong period) but at the time
of this person serving, Fancourt was already serving
in the ARA under his real name. It
is not possible to be in both places at the
same time. This is a lack of research on Fancourt's
part, as if he had done his homework correctly, he
could have assumed the name of a real Kapyong Veteran.
There is no record
of Fancourt ever having served in Malaya. Fancourt did
Corps transfer from RAE to RAInf - 3 RAR in July 1955
but was transferred back to Engineers at his own
in 1956, as he had been downgraded medically
due to foot problems. His duties while in Infantry
were as a Motor Cycle Orderly. That is the sum of
Infantry service for this so called War Veteran.
in the CMF – in April 1952 but after a few months
enlisted in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) for 6
years from August 1952. He was allocated to the
Corps of Engineers and was discharged with the rank of
Sapper in August 1958. No overseas service and no
promotion during this Regular Army service. Fancourt
then enlisted in the CMF in 1959 as a Driver -
Ordnance Corps, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He
then volunteered for CMF (Full Time Duty) in November
1965 as a Driver - Corporal and subsequently was
promoted again in 1966 to a Sergeant - Storeman
Technical Ordnance. Apart from his tour of duty in
Viet Nam 1969/70 with 2 AOD, Fancourt served the rest
of his time in Australia. He was discharged in April
1970 at his own request.
His service was not
distinguished and he had numerous visits to hospitals
and many offence reports, one of which included
negligently discharging an F1 Sub-Machine Gun in a
storehouse at Vung Tau. report
views of his Commanding Officer also in fact, reflect
the view that he may have been a malingerer of the
highest order throughout his career.
This self claimed hero has
presented himself as a war hero who has been in
battles, wearing rank which he never attained, and has
at times had the audacity to castigate fellow Veterans
for their lack of service. Until recently,
Fancourt held a Committee position on the Vietnam
Veterans Australia Association of Western Australia,
however, was removed from the position after details
of his fraudulent wearing of decorations and medals
was passed to the organisation. This did not deter
Fancourt from leading the Vietnam Veterans March at
Bruce Rock, Western Australia on 2nd November 2002 here
notice the hand movement to block his name tag.
mistake was to show a profile that was not true and to
mouth off to Veterans about his so-called exploits.
This is what resulted in questions being asked and
what brought about his downfall. As is, in so
many cases of the 'wannabe', it is their own stupid
mistakes that get them caught out.
of Fancourt's fantasy stories and wearing of false
awards and decorations were becoming common knowledge
in the veteran community in Western Australia. A
was made by a well
respected veteran as to Fancourt's claim to have
served in the AATTV [Australian Army Training Team
Vietnam] as a WO1 in Engineers. A
total fabrication, and once again shows the lengths
this wannabe is prepared to go to in an endeavour to
embellish his so called war record." The
veteran who made the statement is quite prepared to be
interviewed by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Fraud squad should they wish to pursue this further.
Fancourt owes the
Veteran community an apology for the years that he as
masqueraded as a war hero. Unfortunately, he
will have lost the friendship of many of those who
believed in his war stories.
you Wilfred Neil FANCOURT for the lies you have spread
over all these years and for the trust that you have
broken with many Veterans. You have now attained the
rank of 'WANNABE'.
12 April 2004
The Wilfred Neil Fancourt story above is exceptional
due to the fact that he vilified, castigated, and
belittled Korea War Veterans who didn’t see the
service or danger that he experienced. He saw or
experienced nothing in Korea but then joined an RSL
stating service with 3RAR Korea as his membership
right. Why wasn’t his supposed service checked by the
Late last year we
were contacted by a person from this RSL who was
acting as an advocate for Fancourt. This advocate, a
well-meaning former Army Officer and Vietnam Veteran,
told us that Fancourt had been made aware of his
exposure as a wannabe on our site and wanted to know
how his details could be removed. He said Fancourt was
in tears as he told his story about finding a new
partner and wanting to lead a normal life without the
stigma of his exposure hanging over him.
The advocate had not
read our site story on Fancourt so it was suggested
that he do so before proceeding any further with the
matter. He was also directed to our front page which
clearly states the circumstances under which a
wannabe’s details may be removed, he hadn’t read this
After a lot of
e-mails on inconsequential matters were received and
sent, Fancourt finally sent a blanket apology to all
people whom he had offended during his posturing as a
decorated war veteran, this was handwritten on a duly
witnessed statutory declaration. We had insisted on a
statutory declaration because of Fancourt’s track
record as a liar and actor but we demurred on our
earlier demand that the declaration be witnessed by a
local Police Officer.
He was also told
(asked) to hand over his unearned medals and awards to
a responsible person. He relinquished the Korea medals
to his RSL President and when doing so, said that he’d
misplaced the PUC and the ICB. We sent him out to buy
replacements, which he did, and he handed these over
These medals were
awarded to one, J. O’Keefe 24842, these details are on
the rim of the medals.
It is not up to CPMH
to accept apologies on anyone else’s behalf in a
situation like this. Fancourt had claimed to be with
the Australian Army in Korea, (3RAR), also with the
AATTV and SAS in Vietnam so we sent his apology off to
four Veteran’s organisations for their responses.
At this point in
time we have received denials of apology acceptance
from three of the four Veterans groups so in the
interest of publishing this update now, we won’t wait
for the fourth response which should reach us before
the end of April.
It’s receipt will be
noted below this update.
We offer our thanks
to the Veterans organisations who responded so quickly
and responsibly to our enquiries as to the acceptance
or denial of Fancourt’s apology.
NB, We do not deal
with advocates, we will receive submissions from the
person who has been exposed on our website only.
mentioned above attempted to deflect the issue at hand
to a “relatively minor” issue noted in the original
exposure. He was informed that no further
correspondence from him would be acknowledged and that
only mail from Fancourt would receive replies.
His devotion to a
friend/fellow RSL member, is noted but maybe he should
have made himself more aware of the entire issue
before becoming involved.
13th May 2010
This is now the 3rd appearance of
Wilfred Neil Fancourt another recidivist wannabe
genuine Veteran who sullied his service by
exaggerating his medals entitlement is at it again.
This time in outback Queensland. The Veterans
of Winton were too sharp for Fancourt giving rise to
the notion that wannabes receive will no succor
anywhere, and particularly not in outback Australia.
Neil Fancourt was enroute from his home in Western
Australia to Cairns in Far North Queensland when he
arrived in Winton Western Queensland for ANZAC Day.
Fancourt again displayed Korea medals that he did
not earn and told silly stories about his service to
people he thought he could fool. The good Veterans
of Winton were told by Fancourt that he had served
two tours of Vietnam and had worked with both
Wheatly VC and Payne VC and spent 12 months with the
fact Fancourt was a Group 1 Corporal, Temporary
Sergeant, in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance
Corps and served with 2 Advanced Ordnance Corps
Depot located on the “Back Beach” at Vung Tau where
his service was less than satisfactory. Fancourt was
previously exposed on our web site on 12 April 2004
and obviously he learned nothing from the
The photo shown below was taken on the morning of
the 25th April 2010 at the Winton RSL in
the period between the Dawn Service and before the
daytime parade. Fancourt is photographed still
wearing Korea Medals and an Australian Service Medal
that he has no entitlement to wear.
Winton Veterans were able to check our web site on
ANZAC morning after the photo was taken. Fancourt
was politely requested to wear only the medals he
was entitled to wear. Soon after that request,
Fancourt removed his medals but stayed on for the