VINCENT John Leslie
John Leslie, he was another mover and shaker
in an Ex-Service Organisation [ESO] who
believes the ex-service community is comprised
of idiots who will swallow whatever they are told.
Some of these organisations are riddled with
wannabes who are generally in the hierarchy, the
president, secretary or committeeman, a few of them
appear here on our pages and there are more coming
The warped mind of the wannabe
demands that his lies be heard by the largest
possible audience, what better audience than a few
hundred members of an ESO.
This poseur was eventually fully
investigated while a
member of the Returned Services League (RSL) in
after being initially exposed as a wannabe in
Another of his stories is that he
arrived "in" (sic) Nui Dat, Viet Nam, by helicopter
at 11:30 pm, 31st December, 1959. Supposedly
a meaningful time and date but aged 17?
We think not.
If by "in", he means the 1st
Australian Task Force base, his timing is a long way
out. The base wasn't set up until years later.
Other claims are that he served under
two names, two service numbers and two birthdates
but he can't supply a discharge certificate because
"they won't discharge me".
Consider yourself discharged
He told others that he served in Viet
Nam under the name John Vincent,
not John Leslie,
and his stories could only relate to AATTV (Australian
Army Training Team Viet Nam) type
service. That was a bad move because we know of the
real John Vincent who served honourably with AATTV.
November 2004 he was seen wearing a
WW1 North Africa Medal although we don't have
a photo of him wearing this.
was the ESO club's curator of Military memorabilia
and we believe that a thorough audit has been made
of the items since his departure.
His ESO membership card showed this
service number, 2238412.
Later, on being questioned about his
service number because this membership card had
mysteriously vanished, he supplied these numbers.
he claimed was his CMF number issued around 1960-61
which he claims was his Regular Army service number.
N741742 is a WW11 number and 227418 is
close to his actual number and appears to be purely
for ease of remembering when challenged.
Military service follows.
Enlisted Citizen's Military Forces, 2RNSWR, Newcastle,
NSW, 3 June 1963.
Transferred to 1/15 Royal NSW Lancers
NSW, 1 July 1964.
May 1965 he stopped attending CMF parades;
apparently he had moved to
The delay in his discharge is as a result of the
time it took for the Army to catch up with him and
recover issued equipment.
Discharged, 16 May 1967
for non-attendance, AWL (Absent Without Leave)
See here his full service record.
Another of his
months training course with the Special Air
Service (SAS) and promoted to Warrant Officer,
How many days did he serve in training with
2RNSWR and 1/15 RNSWL before this intensive course?
Exactly 56 days and 14 hours, he was paid a
handsome sum of around 125 Pounds (A$250)
for this. Hardly the makings of a fine
service record that would see him accepted in the
Using the name John
Leslie, he had his fantasies published in a book
that was funded by taxpayers and is available in
some schools, libraries, Council Offices and ESOs.
It's a fine book that used interviews conducted by
young people with
WW11 and Viet
is now tainted by the absolute garbage that was
spewed forth by this wannabe.
He has resigned from all
committee positions at the ESO where he was in the
midst of campaigning for Club Secretary
and like most wannabes, he has threatened
legal action against the person who initially
exposed him for what he is and also members of the
His deluded mind also has him telling stories of
commencing litigation against another ESO in his
area, he is able to afford this because, as he
says, he won Lotto. Yeah, right.
is a congenital liar and should seek professional
help but this won't save him from appearing here for
the term of his natural life.
There's not much more we need to say
about this individual, we'll let you read his story
as published and you let us know what you think.
You will see in the story below, this
We would indeed be interested in
hearing from anyone from the Royal NSW Lancers that
can verify his MC being mounted in a case in the
Sergeants Mess, or if in fact, he was ever even
invited into the Sergeants Mess of this unit.
Go here to read the rubbish
supplied by Vincent to the young person who wrote the
If you have doubts about
anyone involved with your ESO, please contact us at
and we'll tell you how to go about obtaining
Military records. There is a privacy act which
covers documents less than thirty years old but the
last Viet Nam Veteran who
served in an operational role left that
country in 1972.
There are no "Sealed, Locked up, Under 100 year
secrecy act, Never to be released" Military records for
anyone who served in Viet Nam
in an operational role. The 30 year
secrecy act for Viet Nam is finished and all Service
records are now available.
For $25 or less, you can confirm or
deny your suspicions. If you need assistance in
deciphering any records, we would be only too
willing to assist. Just contact us and we will
advise how you can obtain these records.