duties for the whole period were as a Dispatch Rider
for the Signals Corps. He wears the medals for
Active Service in Korea and is on the Korean Nominal
Roll which shows, no unit or number of days service
This is a complex investigation as it appears from
reliable sources he has been issued with official
medals for active service in Korea with his details
engraved on the medals by the Directorate of Honours
and Awards and Department of Defence.
An investigator contacted the above department to
confirm what actual medals he has been issued, when
they were issued and on what grounds they were
issued. Their response is listed below.
Good morning Mr XXXXXX
I refer to your email concerning medallic
recognition for Mr Murray Charles Inwood.
In accordance with privacy provisions, the
Department is unable to release details to you
regarding Mr Inwood.
I am sure you will appreciate our position in this
Directorate of Honours and Awards &Department of
Defence | T - 4 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610 |
1800 111 321 | 7 02 6266 1065
They have neither, confirmed or denied issuing the
Korean medals, if they have, they will have to look
closely at reviewing the issue of the medals after
reading this case. Have they made another blunder as
in the case regarding Rex Crane, the person who
claimed to be a World War 2 Prisoner of War when he
was only 15 years old at the time of WW 2 you can
read his case here at this link..
For a soldier to have served on active service in
Korea and be entitled to any medals he must have
been posted on the strength of a unit in Korea for a
minimum of one day.
We will start the case with his service records and
other military documentation, newspaper articles and
the most damaging evidence of Inwood’s lies of
active service in Korea, a transcript of a radio
interview between Inwood and Kathy Bowlen of the ABC
which the Australian War Memorial had playing until
they were advised about the credibility of Inwood
being a Korean War Veteran and has since been
Inwood enlisted for service in the Australian
Regular Army for a period of six years on 27 July
1950. On 17 July 1951 Inwood left to serve with the
BCOF Signal Regiment, Kure Japan, arriving there on
the 19 July and employed as a Signals Dispatch
Rider. He was then transferred as a Dispatch Rider
to Brit Com Base Signal Regiment Kure Japan on 11
December 1951 before being returned to Australia at
his own request on compassionate grounds embarking
on the ship Devonshire from Kure Japan 10 February
1952 and arriving in Sydney 25 February 1952.
As you can see there is no record of Inwood being
posted to a unit in Korea at anytime during his
service in Japan.
On his return to Australia Inwood completed his
promotion courses for the rank of Corporal and he
was promoted to Corporal Clerk Storeman on 9
December 1955. He was discharged on 26 July 1956 and
his Discharge Papers indicate he only served in
Japan and not Korea and therefore had not been
issued any Korean War Service medals.
It would appear in 1954 Inwood must have submitted a
request for the issue of the Korean medals. A signal
sent from AUSTREC Kure Japan to Central Army Records
Office, Melbourne (CENARMYREC) which indicates
nothing to support the member’s claim. DON R is
another term for Dispatch Rider
Now in 1956 a letter by Captain M.C. Bennett
addressed to HQ 3 NS Trg Bde, Puckapunyal, dated 12
June 1956 appears in Inwood’s file.
It would appear that before he was discharged from
the Army Inwood has either contacted or met up with
Captain Bennett who was the Officer Commanding
Headquarters Squadron Brit Com Base Signal Regiment
from 1 October 1951 to 1 August 1953. Bennett states
that Inwood was under the command of Major F.C.
Heweston AHQ Signal Regiment and was the Officer
Commanding 1 Squadron and in control of all SDS
(Signals Delivery Service) and Signal Office
So why did not Inwood contact his OC in 1 Sqn to
obtain a letter to confirm that he had carried out
flights from Japan to Korea on a C47 Dakota
aircraft returning the same day after delivering
dispatch cases to waiting Dispatch Riders at the
airports in Korea.
The letter only goes to prove that Inwood was posted
in Japan and never posted on the strength of a unit
in Korea for the minimum of one day as he would
return with the aircraft each day. Therefore he did
not meet the requirements for Active Service in
There are a number of errors in the letter by
Captain Bennett which for an officer who spent so
much time in Japan is inexcusable. The correct
spelling for Iwukuni and Seoull is Iwakuni and
At the time Inwood served in Japan he was a Private,
but he refers to him as Corporal which indicates
that Inwood must have seen him to draft the letter.
Inwood was not posted to Brit Com Base Sig Regt till
10 December 1951, but it was 19 July 1951 when
Inwood arrived in Japan and as a dispatch rider with
BCOF Sig Regt.
The period spent at 1 Sqn Brit Com Base Sig Regt by
Inwood was approximately eight weeks from the time
he was on their nominal roll on the 11 Decemberr 1951
to 10 February 1952, which if he was doing the Air
Courier duties with five other members of the
Dispatch Rider Troop (the total strength of that
Troop is not known) plus one officer, the most trips
he would have done is eight, one per week, not the
12 to 14 trips as mentioned by Captain Bennett.
On being posted to Brit Com Base Sig Regt, Inwood
would have to report to the Orderly Room at 1 Sqn as
he was posted as a Dispatch Rider and carried out
administrative procedures before commencing any
duties. When he actually started and ceased doing
those duties is unknown as he did put in an
application to be returned to Australia on 19
The letter also does not have a reference number
which would have been dated and stamped when
received at the Orderly Room and there is no
reference that this letter went any further then HQ
3 NS Trg Bde. There is also no reference in his
service record that Inwood applied for any medals or
that this letter was sent on to Central Army Records
Office. His Proceeding For Discharge show that at
the time of discharge Inwood was not issued any
There are three other documents in his record, one
is a request from the Repat Department dated 10
December 1956 asking for confirmation of active
service, the other two state he did not have any
record of active service in Korea, one has no date
the other is dated 4 June 1957.
So how after all that the Directorate of Honours and
Awards & Department of Defence came to the
conclusion to issue the medals is a mystery. It may
have been an error made by a staff member or some
other reason. What clearly shows up is that Inwood
was never posted to Korea during the war and
therefore the medals should be returned.
Now for the juicy parts to the case as this is all
in Inwood’s own words.
BCOF at the time was under the command of
Lieutenant-General Sir Horace Clement Hugh ROBERTSON
KBE(M), CBE(M), DSO as well as being Mentioned In
Despatches twice in WW 1, who had served in WW1,
WW2, and the Korean War. His command of the BCOF was
from June 1946 to November 1951 and he then became
Commander-in-Chief of the British Commonwealth
Forces, (BCFK) Korea 28 September 1950 to 25 October
1951. This person is referred to by Inwood in his
interview with the ABC in 1997.
Note: Q(15’16) The last sentence Inwood states he
was returned to Australia due to frostbite, not that
he applied to be returned home from Japan.
Also note the answer to the next question in that he
spent seven and a half months in Korea, just
slightly longer than what he did in Japan.
Note Q(32’04) where he makes reference to three
sweptback wing planes. He refers to them as Shooting
Stars, in actual fact they were F86 Sabre Fighter
jets, the first swept back wing aircraft the US Air
Force brought out.
Note Q(43’15) saw one little boy about 14 years
executed in Seoul, then goes on to say he saw him
there at 7.00 am and still there at 7.00 pm. Did he
actually see the boy executed as he makes no
reference as to who executed the boy or did he just
come across him in this fairy tale story.
In 1999 he appeared with three other real war
veterans in the Age newspaper dated 21 April 1999.
Inwood was under investigation by our web site prior
to two newspaper articles featuring a story on him
in November 2010.
Out of all the medals Inwood is displaying, he is
according to his service record entitled to only two
medals. I will start from left to right as you look
at the photo beginning with the top row.
Australian Active Service Medal clasp Korea
official- not entitled
official- not entitled
United Nations Service Medal (Korea)
official- not entitled
Australian Service Medal clasp Japan
Australian Defence medal
The rest of these medals should not be worn on the
left breast as they are not official issue.
Noble Peace Medal
un-official can be purchased from Denmark- not
British commonwealth Occupation Force Medal
un-official purchased- not entitled
Republic of Korea later renamed Korean War Service
This medal is the official South Korean Medal issued
to Korean troops by the South Korean government to
its troops and the medal was offered to the United
Nations for issue to all allied troops who served in
Korea, but was knocked back as the UN had already
issued a medal. un-official purchased- not
Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal
un-official purchased- not entitled
You may soon see some Korean veterans wearing a new
un-official medal which they will have to purchase
the Korean War 60 year anniversary medal.
The Korea Veterans Association Australia Inc, which
Inwood belongs to, have actually put out an
application form for their member to purchase the
Noble Peace Medal. This organization and other
Ex-Service Organizations that carry on this practice
are bringing disrespect on themselves by encouraging
their members to purchase un-official medals and are
also showing they have no regard to or respect to
the document covering the protocol of wearing
medals. All Ex Service Organizations that follow
this kind of disregard to medal protocol should be
An investigator from this site phoned Inwood to
clarify his claims of active service. The call was
cut short after a couple of questions were asked
about which unit he was posted to when Inwood said
his mobile was about to run out of charge and the
phone went dead. An email has been sent to Inwood
asking the same questions and as yet we have not
received a reply nor do we expect one as Inwood
knows he has been caught out. His reply to the
posting to Korea is:
“I was not posted to a unit, I was posted there on
It would appear that Inwood was a one man army unit
sent into Korea to deliver messages to himself. All
those that have served in the military know that
with any posting, movement orders are made out and
you are posted from one unit to another and all that
is recorded in the person’s service record.
Murray Inwood would have to be one of the biggest
liars and conman around. He has brought disrespect
upon himself as well as showing a total disrespect
to the war veterans who did serve in the Korean War,
but mostly to those that paid the highest price by
giving their lives in battle.
For this outrageous act Inwood will grace our web
site for the world to see.