The colour photograph of Higham is very recent, taken on
Rememberance Day, 11th November 2009.
According to Gary Higham he was the last Mirage Pilot
and a Mirage test Pilot and he crashed a Helicopter
resulting in disabilities. None of those claims are true
and we are reliably advised that his only Department of
Veterans Affairs accepted disability is for deafness.
is well adorned with a raffish handle bar mustache that
any British Wing Commander would be proud of. However,
stylish hair around the top lip is insufficient
qualification to wear RAAF Pilot Wings.
in the photo that “Sir Gary” wears no accoutrements
indicative of his Knighthood, but he does wear Vietnam
Medals, Pilot Wings and other medals. His medal rack
when compared to his actual RAAF service is sufficient
to damn him as a wannabe. These are the Medals he is
Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal post 1975
Defence Force Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Medals: UNEF II
Vietnam Campaign Medal
only medal of this lot he would be entitled to wear is
the Australian Defence Medal, which is awarded
to recognise Australian
Defence Force Regular and Reserve personnel who have
demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the
nation by serving for an initial enlistment period or
four years service whichever
is the lesser.
was born on the 5 April 1958, so in 1972 when Australian
involvement in the Vietnam War had ceased,
Higham was fourteen years old.
On 8th January 1974 he joined the RAAF as a
sixteen year old Apprentice Electrical Mechanic and was
posted to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales to complete his
completing his Apprenticeship we believe he remained in
the RAAF until 1982. Most of his time was spent at
Amberely RAAF Base in Queensland. In 1982 he had
attained the rank of Leading Aircraftsman (LAC). Because
of legal time restrictions we have no details of his
actual date of discharge, however we have an entry on a
document dated 5 March 1982 showing him to hold the rank
LAC and we are reliably advised that he was discharged
in 1982. Having attained that rank, it is hardly likely
he is entitled to wear Pilots Wings or ever flew an
has no Military or personal history that could possibly
lead to an Imperial Knighthood, and although we have no
positive evidence to prove that point, it is self
evident that he is a fraud and a wannabe because he is
wearing medals from the Vietnam War and other Defence
medals to which he has no entitlement.
never at any stage served in the Vietnam War. During
his RAAF service he was never a Pilot, never served
overseas and he is not an Imperial Knight.
has been cavorting around the Caboolture, Queensland
area for years sporting various racks of fake medals,
without any interference from law enforcement agencies,
who with some coaxing from local Ex Service
Organisations could easily charge
Higham under the Defence Act 1903, with at least
Impersonating a veteran.
Wearing medals he has no right to wear, and,
Impersonating a person who is entitled to wear medals.
veteran community is diminished when it is infiltrated
by idiots like Higham and we
urge all veterans to keep watch and let law authorities
know when a fake is detected. If law authorities fail to
take action let us know and we will do their job for
advice to Higham. Get the medals
and the wings off, shave off your mustache, grow up and
stop making a nuisance of yourself.
13th May 2010
Gary Douglas Higham a “Knight of
the Realm” with a handlebar mustache.
was spotted this ANZAC Day again wearing all his fake
medals and his genuine handlebar mustache at the Bribie
Island RSL on ANZAC Day.
pulled aside and told he was wearing medals and
accoutrements he had no entitlement to and all he did
was mumble, and claim that he was unaware that he had
been exposed as a wannabe on our web site on the 18th
Dec 2009. It is reported he was handed a copy of the
exposure so one would think that the message may have
Higham is a serial wannabe and a pest to the veteran
community. In our exposure of the 18th Dec
2009 Higham was shown driving a mobility scooter, this
ANZAC Day he was afoot although a bit wobbly from
alcohol. Perhaps from time to time he also pretends to
Veterans of the Bribie Island area should keep a good
eye out for this persona non gratis and when he is
spotted pretending to be a returned Veteran or a jet
pilot or a Knight of the Realm politely tell him to grow
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