In the photograph Mead is clearly shown wearing the
Vietnam Medal rack and a Returned from Active Service
Badge (RASB] and the coveted Infantry Combat Badge
[ICB]. He has stated to RSL members that he
served in Vietnam as a Commissioned Officer. He told an
ANZMI Investigator that he served in Vietnam with 5th
Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR).
5RAR have an association web site that contains the
names of all who served with the Battalion in Vietnam.
Mead is not included on the 5RAR nominal roll; in
addition Mead is not listed on the Department of
Veterans Affairs (DVA) official Nominal Roll.
On another occasion Mead told an ANZMI Investigator that
his only service was as a 1950s National Serviceman and
as an Officer of Army Cadets. He gave his Regimental
number as 20331. Central Army Records Office has no
record of any person serving under that Regimental
number in the Australian Regular Army. It is an Army
School Cadets number. If he ever served as a 1950s
National Serviceman he has no Service File under the
name of Leslie William Mead.
Here is the response to our request for Mead’s
Regarding your recent inquiries:
Leslie W Mead born 17/6/1940, 20331 – CARO cannot
identify a serviceman with those details
Mead has spent years in both Padstow NSW and Sussex
Inlet NSW creating a false military history for himself.
It is our job to correct Mead’s false military history
and we hope those people who have been lied to for many
years now fully appreciate the extent of lies and
dishonesty served up to them by Mead who was supposed to
be their friend.
Now that he has been named and shamed we hope he feels
it was all worth while, because he has gone from being
an honourable Vietnam Veteran and RSL member to a liar,
cheat and wannabe in one fell swoop.
Leslie W Mead is liable under the Defence Act 1903 to be
charged and placed before a court for falsely claiming
to be a returned veteran and for wearing medals he is
not entitled to wear; both of these charges have a
maximum penalty of $3,300 fine or six months prison or
The lack of due care exhibited by the RSL in checking
the credentials of those applying for membership has
become ingrained into the culture of the RSL. The RSL
has an integrity problem because of the “watering down”
of membership criteria. Veterans no longer control many
Sub Branches as the Sub Branches have been taken over by
people like Mead and by ex Servicemen who have never
experienced operational service.
Any good work that may have been done by Leslie W Mead
as an Officer of Cadets has been scuttled because
Veterans will not abide those who steal their honour.
We hope that Mead does the right thing and scuttles away
from the Veteran community.