USA Purple Heart
1939/1945 War Medal
Cadet Forces Medal
Queen Elizabeth II
Coronation Medal 1953
Queen Elizabeth II
Royal Horse Artillery
Long Range Desert
and as can be seen by
his photograph, two awards which resemble knighthoods
of the realm.
for assistance with
British Naval and Military
shows that an extensive check was completed to verify
the bona fides of Capt PONTING MC and it was verified
that he served in the Royal Artillery from 1946 to
1948. The only overseas service recorded shows he
served in Palestine in the rank of Lance Bombardier -
and for such service was awarded the British General
Service Medal (GSM) with clasp Palestine. This man
has been issued with one official medal only. Why
is it then he wears a Military Cross which can only be
awarded to a Commissioned Officer??
back in time to ANZAC Day 1982, when "Tony" was
charged at the City Watch House Melbourne for wearing
medals he had no entitlement to, and impersonating a
returned serviceman. Appearing in court on 27 January
1983 Tony was found guilty of the the first charge and
forward to ANZAC Day this year (2003) and two reliable
witnesses attest to the fact PONTING attended the dawn
service at the Shrine of Remembrance and the "Gunfire
Breakfast" which follows at Victoria Barracks, fully
resplendent in his Military Cross and full rack of
medals and assorted scrap metal. A current financial
member of the Healeseville (Vic) RSL, Tony has also
been seen in the immediate past wearing a chest full
of medals at their commemorative services - and yes -
he still wears his Military Cross.
sent correspondence from CPMH and given the
opportunity to explain his actions - a deadline was
given and of course no answer was forthcoming. Naturally
if one can lie about ones service then one can also
lie about receiving mail. Proof of the letter is
physical letter drop was also conducted to his home by CPMH
members and still no reaction was received.
Telephoned by a Victorian CPMH rep PONTING denied he
had received any mail and defended his right to wear
the bogus medals he portrays,
"Every medal I wear I earned"!
- this is your life - having already been found guilty
of wearing medals of no entitlement back in1983 -
guess what?? No more $100 fines.....have a long read
of the new penalties for pretenders and stealers of
real Veterans feats.
You are a disgrace to
the Veteran title, whatever happens to you in the near
future, you more than deserve.