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

Surname: Armstrong
Christian Names: Gordon William
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Curumbin
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Gordon William ARMSTRONG is the Secretary of the Currumbin Returned Services League on the Gold Coast and is another example of an Executive of an RSL Branch not setting an example in regard to the wearing of tin medals.

The RSL Branches seemed to be infested with members and committee members wearing tin medals and un-official foreign awards not accepted by the Australian Government with their official medals awarded. The RSL itself has distributed an instruction to that effect.

But committee members and especially those holding an executive position on the committee totally disregard this instruction and continue to do so even though a number have been exposed on our website.

Gordon ARMSTRONG served in the Royal Australian Navy both in the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) and carrying out escort duties accompanying the troopship HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

He did two trips on HMAS Stuart and his Vietnam service is below.

You will see that the tours are counted in days from the time the ship left port to the time it returned to port. In actual fact on the first trip HMAS Stuart dropped anchor in Vung Tau Harbour at 0700 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 30 May 1967. On the second trip, the same ship dropped anchor at 0650 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 3 February 1968. So all up he spent a total of fifteen hours and ten minutes in the Harbour of Vung Tau, not the days mentioned on his record.

At the time there were no medals awarded for service in FESR or escorting ships to Vietnam. The ex-navy members decided to make their own medals for these periods of service and they are un-official medals and referred to as TIN medals as they had to be bought. They are referred to as the FESR and VLSF Medals.


It was not till a number of years later that the Navy was awarded the Australian Service Medal clasp FESR and the Vietnam logistic and Support Medal for these periods of service.

The medals from left to right are;

Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Support and Logistic Medal

Australian Service Medal 45-75 clasp FESR

Australian Defence Medal

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

Vietnam Logistic Support Force Medal tin

Far East Strategic Reserve Medal tin

As ARMSTRONG has been awarded official medals, those tin medals should not be worn at all with official medals. Even if official medals had not been awarded, tin or un-official foreign awards should be on the right breast.

No doubt there will be more executives from the RSL and any other Ex Service Organisations that disregard the protocols of wearing medals as laid out by Honours and Awards will be appearing on our website, so don’t be surprised when you do.

Gordon William ARMSTRONG remove those offending medals as you are showing disrespect to fellow veterans past and from present conflicts and stop trying to make out you are a hero by wearing the tin medals. You will now grace our website and if you fail to get rid of those tin medals expect to have an update made to your case page should you continue to be disrespectful.

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 private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Armstrong
Christian Names: Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

Patrick Armstrong JP.,  founder of the United Irish Ex Services Association of Australia attended the
Cenotaph ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney on ANZAC Day 2012 and gave a speech.

On the 24th October 2012,  at the same place,  he gave the Irish Peacekeeper speech in relation to
Ireland’s peace keeping operations since 1958,  at the invitation of the UN (United Nations) Association at their annual ceremony.

He is wearing one un-official medal, the Emergency Services medal commonly referred to as a Tin Medal.



Below is the official Emergency Services Medal.


He is also wearing three State New South Wales Corrective Services medals on his left breast. The
only medal he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Federal awarded National Medal being the
first medal from the left as you look at the photo.




State medals are worn on the right breast as advised by the Department of Honours and Awards. You will not see any State awards listed in the “Order of Wearing Medals” published 2007.


This is one of the frequently asked questions on the site.

Q14.How do I wear my state awards?

A14.State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Order of
Wearing Australian Honours and Awards are worn on the left breast.


Unofficial medals

Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in
particular military campaigns, periods of service,  or types of service that have not been recognized
through the Australian honours 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.



Uniformed services


Members of a uniformed service should wear their insignia on their uniform in accordance with the dress regulations of the particular service.

NOTE: It states uniform not civilian dress



This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular 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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will
have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Ashcroft
Christian Names: Cristine aka Crissy
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Austrialian Army
Branch: Pay Corps
Commencement of service: 1998
Completion of service: 2016
Surname: Astridge
Christian Names: Peter
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gladesville
Service: Army (Citizens Military Forces)
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1957
Case Notes:


Peter Astridge is the Secretary/Vice President of the Gladesville Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch.




Notice that Astridge wears relatives medals on his right breast, a red sash over his left shoulder, a Commando Beret and Badge, and two medals on his left breast. Sometimes he wears the red sash on his right shoulder.





Astridge spent some time as a part time soldier in the Citizens Military Forces and served with Commandos, for which he may have been awarded an Australian Defence Medal (ADM) and the Commando Beret and Badge. The second medal on his left breast is a New South Wales unofficial State Emergency Services Medal and should not be worn at all. The "Tin" medal and the red sash are just "bling", perhaps to enhance the perception of his military service.


Traditionally, a red sash is worn in the Australian Army by serving Royal Australian Infantry Corps Sergeants and Warrant Officers on ceremonial parades. It was a tradition adopted from the British Army where the sash and its colour derived from it being used to drag wounded soldiers out of the battle line and to the rear, when fighting was at close quarters..


An RSL executive has no duties that may require the application of the red sash.


We suggest to Astridge that he gets rid of the sash, and the medal.


RSLs' are places where Veterans and the members remember the sacrifices of those who have served in the Australian Defence Force. It is not a place where people like Astridge can don fancy dress to massage their ego and their public persona.


Welcome to the website Peter Astridge.


Surname: Atkinson
Christian Names: Neil Howell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Eaglehawk
Case Notes:

Atkinson also uses various other names, including Atkinson-Landwehr, Atchison, Achison, Landveyer, Williams, Williamson and other variations. Neil Howell Atkinson is not to be confused with Ian Atkinson, 2 RAR, Viet Nam 1967 - 1968. Ian Atkinson is a genuine veteran who served in the Australian Army and is in no way related to, or associated with the impostor featured here.

Introducing himself as a Doctor


and Vietnam Veteran, Neil Howell Atkinson became heavily involved with the "Vietnam Veterans International Reunion Melbourne 1988 Pty Limited". Somehow, he ended up as Company Secretary and represented the organisation at high levels by corresponding to various consulates and embassies seeking support for the project.

Atkinson first came to prominence in 1993 in Eaglehawk Victoria where he corresponded frequently with local newspapers concerning the plight of his "comrades in arms" Vietnam veterans and gained some credibility with genuine veterans.  Photographed left at Eaglehawk that ANZAC Day he wore the two Vietnam Medals sporting two MID's (Mentioned In Despatches) along with American and Vietnamese foreign bravery awards (see left lower photo for a more detailed shot).

Ingratiating himself with members of the VVMC (Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club) he earned himself a name as a "Hard Bastard" and adopted the nickname of "Claymore". A member of the VVMC saw an American citation on his wall which gave the details of horrendous action and his bayoneting/knifing of five Viet Cong guerrillas following an incident where his mate was KIA (killed in action) during an ambush.

Moving on to Castlemaine in country Victoria, Atkinson began telling people he was an MD (medical doctor) but because of an accidental death at a hospital where he worked, he had been advised to "lay low" for a few years  

He told many families of his horrific experiences in Vietnam and gained much respect throughout the local community.  Atkinson hurriedly left Castlemaine with a married woman to another location, after being charged by local police with firearms offences, and admitting himself to a psych ward allegedly in an effort to escape a charge of "Road Rage".

Atkinson has fraudulently used veteran status to further his ambitions, using several aliases to obfuscate the truth and also tells the tale that he is related to a Nazi SS officer - himself boasting membership of the Nazi Party. Reputed to give the "Heil Hitler" salute on occasion with his female partner.

In efforts to highlight Atkinson's fraud, the mass media has so far failed to find any address for him in Victoria and inquiries are being made interstate.

Given Atkinson's history and some of his rumoured and alleged exploits, it's likely he will again attempt to infiltrate the ranks of ESO's (ex-service organisations) wherever he settles next.

Atkinson's claims are all false, he is not a medical doctor and there is no record of him ever serving either in the Australian Army (ARA or CMF) or in Vietnam.

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 private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Austin
Christian Names: Darren
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Gladstone
Service #: Not Known
Service: Claims Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Claims 1989
Completion of service: Claims 1991
Case Notes:




Darrin Austin of Gladstone is a liar.  He claims to have served with the RAN as an elite Navy Clearance Diver in the First Gulf War which occurred between 2 August 1990 and 28 February 1991.

He was recently interviewed by a Gladstone newspaper about a court case he was involved in.  Here is what he said about his Navy Service.

We phoned Austin and spoke directly to him.  He said:

"He joined the Navy in 1989 and was discharged in 1991 and served in the Gulf War aboard HMAS Sydney and was a Clearance Diver Team 4". 

In the RAN Clearance Divers are an elite section, and equal to the Army Special Air Service (SASR). Here is what a "kitted out" Clearance Diver would look like:

He further said:

"Since the newspaper article about his PTSD the Navy contacted him and are flying him down to HMAS Cerberus  in Victoria to see a Psychiatrist"

Australian Veterans know that the RAN does not contact discharged sailors and offer to fly them to a Navy Base for psychiatric assistance.  His lies have exceeded his knowledge of how the Department of Veterans Affairs work.

We were unable to locate evidence that Austin has served in the RAN.  He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Nominal Roll and we are advised by the RAN Clearance Divers Association that he has never been a Clearance Diver in the Australian Navy.

Austinalso said in the newspaper article:

Austin may claim a Saintly demeanour, however he is a liar about his Navy service and that usually indicates that he is a liar about other matters.  Despite what he says he is involved in criminal matters, because  falsely claiming to be a returned veteran is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 with a penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

We are reliably advised by a person with knowledge of Austin, that he is a constant liar and from the evidence that we have produced that description fits well.

We are not sure whether Austin has served in the RAN for a short period but we are sure that he never served in the First Gulf War and we are sure that he was never an elite Navy Clearance Diver.

Contrary to what Austin says, he is a dishonourable man and a constant liar.

We welcome him to our web site where he can sail on the good ship ANZMI to his hearts content.

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