His story is close to the mark but he left some things
out and added some things he should not have.
Note his “Tour” dates, one
has to believe that this is his supposed tour of
Something he left out was that his job before moving
on to an uncompleted butchers
apprenticeship was that of a metal polisher and plater
at Layton Plating in Sydney. He was polishing metal
instead of selling papers at Newtown Station, so not
quite the hard luck paperboy trying to support his
sick dad as he portrays.
Something else he left out was the number of times he
was disciplined for going AWOL, disobeying Routine
Orders, being incorrectly dressed and leaving his post
did indeed go to Malaya and Borneo in 1963, on 12
November to be exact, and his Special Service (SPECSER)
as an Artillery Gun Number (Private, Gunner) commenced on 2
September 1964, concluding
on 16 October 1964. Total, 44 days.
3 May 1965 he boarded a plane in Singapore for
Sarawak, Borneo, his SPECSER there commenced on this
day and continued until 18 July 65,
earning him the General Service Medal with
clasp Borneo. Total, 76 days.
returned to Sydney on 19 October of the same year.
Back to Singapore again on 16 September 1967 where he
completed Army courses to improve his
education standard from 2nd Year
High School, and also improve his Military skills.
said that he returned to Sydney in late 1969 when in
fact it was 28 January 69. In June 1969 he was
awarded the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp
Malay Peninsular. That’s one medal with two clasps
His memory may have been a bit clouded when he stated
the wrong date for returning to Sydney but the fantasy
part of his brain was working well enough.
“In 1968 we were attached to 1ATF with 3RAR in forward
observation parties in Vietnam, where we were for
about two months”
Untrue, he did not
serve in Vietnam at any time. Furthermore,
it seems highly unlikely that a person with
as a radio operator would be chosen for such a duty.
He had failed four out of four subjects for an
Artillery Signallers Course in March 1963. Further
records note that in June 1967 he was assessed as
for clerical, signals or surveyors duties.
For the non-Military readers, a Forward Observer (FO)
goes out into the field with Infantry as the radio
liaison between the Infantry Commander and the rear
Arty guns when required. The FO calls in a fire
mission, spots the bursts [splash] of the incoming rounds and
adjusts the range of the guns accordingly. FOs
knowledgeable in radio procedures.
His entire overseas service was with 102 and 107 Field
Batteries in Malaya and Borneo.
The poem he talks about in his bio above is not about
105 Field Battery, 18 August
all, it’s about Arty guns that fired in support of 11
PL, D Coy, 6 RAR on 18 August
Battle of Long Tan, which he was absolutely nowhere
near. He was out by three years and was never posted
to 105 Bty, although later claimed he was.
When challenged on this claim of being with 105 Bty in
Vietnam, he changed his story to being with 107
Bty, this Battery did not
arrive in Vietnam until May 1970.
105 Bty was tasked to General Support (GS) of the Task
Force in August 1966 while 161 Bty NZ was tasked to
Direct Support (DS) of 6 RAR. It matters little
because he wasn’t there and he got the year wrong as
well, at this time he was with 12 Field Regiment
His dedication of this poem to his “deceased” sons is
a cynical act seemingly devised to draw pity upon
More smoke and mirrors.
Here’s his poem.
was made a Technical Storeman on 10 April 1969 and
passed a qualifying course for this type of posting on
17 June. He passed his final course for Sergeant in
August 1973 and remained a Storeman for the rest of
his long Army career.
This false information in the bio above is not the
only shenanigans he has been caught out at.
was confronted at a reunion by a former very highly
positioned Warrant Officer and told to remove Vietnam
medals and the Infantry Combat Badge from his coat and
also a maroon beret from his head. He must
truly believe that he was a part of 3 RAR in Vietnam
or somewhere. This Battalion became a Parachute
Battalion in October 1983 and its members have worn
the maroon Para beret since 29 August 1985. Only
the members of 3 RAR who have joined the unit since it
became Airborne qualified, and this includes all
members of the Battalion whether parachute qualified
or not, can wear the maroon beret, or cherry beret as
it is affectionately known, as it is a unit head-dress
rather than a qualification beret. The wings
worn on the sleeve denote the parachute qualification
status of the individual. On leaving the
battalion a member is not authorised to wear the beret
unless he is posted to another designated airborne
unit. In the case of the parachute wings the
member retains these forever unless he is posted to
another airborne unit that has their own specific
parachute qualified wings.
The medals were obviously not earned, neither was the
ICB. In the photo above he can also be seen wearing
some other sort of supposed, unauthorised, combat
badge that seem to be proliferating like rabbits among
the non-Infantry Veterans. He hasn’t been wearing
these of late “because of the confusion”, more on this
Who could possibly be confused, here we have a Senior
Army Artillery NCO who should be very aware of what
may be worn and what may not. There is a big
difference between confusion and outright posturing.
also appears to be wearing a Unit Citation on his
right lapel in the photo. We’re looking into this now.
said he was a Pensions and Welfare Officer for the NSW
Returned Services League before moving to Belmont and
taking up the same duties at the Pelican Flats Club,
later being the President for five years.
Should a pensions officer
be found to be a fraud, should not every claim he
assisted in now be looked at in a different light?
Fraud begets only further fraud.
appears strange that a person with this experience
would use or allow the use of
incorrect wording for the Compensation Payment
known as the TPI. There is no such thing as the Total
and Permanent Injuries Pension.
Also, he wasn’t a Walton's Store
Manager, he was the manager of a department
within the store.
have a statement from a concerned Veteran who spoke to
Pritchard about his service and the awards he wears.
Here are some answers to the Veteran’s questions:
earned the ICB in Malaya. (It’s the
Combat Badge, some members of other Corps were awarded
it for their work with the Infantry but most of these
people wouldn’t wear it because it denotes
To be of another corps and get awarded the ICB, you
must be on the posted strength of the unit and
fulfil the Infantry criteria for awarding of the
badge. It cannot and will not be awarded to
personnel attached to an Infantry unit
irrespective of whether you fulfil the Infantry
criteria for the time of your attachment.
doesn’t wear the Vietnam medals or ICB now because of
This below appears to be the “confusion”.
was trying to sort out his records with Central Army
Records but all
records for 1967 to 1969 have been lost. (We found
them quite easily)
went to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where
many Military records are kept and was shown his file
that had these words written on it,
“Never To Be
Released” (Geez, not another one).
This excuse is wearing very thin so if you hear
someone use this description immediately become very,
very suspicious of their stories.
1968 during his supposed excursion to Vietnam he was a
Bombardier, the equivalent of a Corporal, with 107
Battery in Malaya. Surely he wasn’t a covert
operations Bombardier to have his records sealed
forever? An outright lie as are the other answers
Here’s the last straw.
Pritchard took his discharge from the Army as a
Warrant Officer Second
[WO2], not First Class,
simply present the facts here; it’s up to our readers
to determine whether Pritchard is an unmitigated liar,
fraud and a disgrace. Also whether he should be
removed from the ranks of those who gather on
commemorative occasions wearing their rightful awards
displaying their Service in defence of our Country and
Please see our page on what we refer to as “Tin” which
indicates the correct method of wearing commemorative
and purchased medals and badges.
had to buy it, you didn’t earn it, so don’t wear it on
the left.” This does
not apply to awardees of certain foreign awards that
have to be purchased, eg, the Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry recently approved by the Australian
Government for wear by former members of D Company 6 RAR,
Vietnam, 1966. The Government of the Republic of South
Viet Nam no longer exists so the medals cannot be
issued by it so therefore the members of D Company 6
RAR who have recently been awarded this medal after
years of fighting for it, now have to purchase the
medal to wear it. This is one of the rare,
acceptable cases of having to purchase an approved
There will be more from us
regarding the unauthorised wearing of the Infantry
Combat Badge by wannabe former bush grunts, i.e.
General Duties personnel,
Orderly Room or Q Store staff and the Officers who
never spent a day in the weeds. If you are one of
these people, we suggest that you don’t strut outside
your house with this award on your coat again. Do it,
get photographed, and you will be here on our site,
former rank or position will not be taken into
account. Absolutely no apology from you will be
accepted by the Veteran Community, we can be sure of