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    Hunt for Remembrance Day conman who marched with 'impossible' haul of 21 medals

    By [*******#003580]Fay Schlesinger[/COLOR]
    Last updated at 2:29 PM on 04th December 2009

    [SIZE=2]Cheered by thousands of well-wishers as he marched proudly alongside brave troops during a Remembrance Day parade, the elderly man looked every part the battle-hardened war veteran.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]But on closer inspection, his striking collection of 17 medals - including the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross - was not what it seemed.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]The number, order and range of the medals make them 'impossible', experts said last night, exposing the man as a fake. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]A hunt was under way for the fraudster after he took part in a Remembrance Day parade in Bedworth, Warwickshire, on November 11.[/SIZE]


    [SIZE=2]Imposter: The 'veteran' on the Remembrance Day parade in Bedford[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Medals, from top left: [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]1. Distinguished Service Order with bars signifying Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]2. Military Cross with a bar signifying Mentioned in Dispatches [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]3. Unidentified foreign medal, which could be Polish [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]4. Queen's Commendation Medal 5. Military Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]6. Distinguished Service Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]7. Meritous Service Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]8. Campaign Service [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]9. South Atlantic Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]10. Gulf Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]11. Accumulated Campaign Service Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]12. Saudi Arabian Medal for the liberation of Kuwait [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]13. Kuwaiti Liberation Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]14. Unidentified foreign medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]15. Unidentified foreign medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]16. Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]17. NATO Medal[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]His beret, poppy and tie-pin show the dagger and flames insignia of the SAS. On his lapel is the official veterans' badge of the UK Armed Forces. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Bereaved families of servicemen killed in Afghanistan were among the crowds who applauded as he passed, but organisers became suspicious when they noticed his array of medals.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]He wore badges from campaigns including the Second World War, Korea and the Falklands, plus medals for both officers and privates, and several foreign badges.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Military experts confirmed it would be impossible for one man to have been awarded all the decorations.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]The man, dressed in a beige SAS beret, was confronted by an organiser of the country's biggest march outside London. He is said to have admitted to being a Walter Mitty fake before fleeing the scene.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]The conman wore the dagger and flames of the SAS on his beret, poppy and tie-pin, and a veteran's badge on his lapel.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Emblazoned across his chest were 17 medals starting with the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross - the highest ranking awards after the Victoria Cross.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]On the DSO he had a bar signifying the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, while on the MC there was a bar for Mentioned In Dispatches. Neither bar is ever worn with those medals.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Next came a foreign cross, thought to be Polish, which should only be worn after all the British medals.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Then is the Queen's Commendation Medal and the Military Medal - a rank version of the MC for privates. The Distinguished Service Medal, Meritous Service Medal and Campaign Service Medal follow.[/SIZE]

    So proud: A veteran holding a military banner at the parade

    [SIZE=2]On the row underneath he has a South Atlantic Medal for the Falklands, a Gulf Medal for the first Gulf War and an Accumulated Service Medal worn back to front.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Fourth in line is the Saudi Arabian Medal for the liberation of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal and two unidentified foreign medals.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Finally the man wore an Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and a NATO Medal.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Martin Harrison, a medals expert from the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade committee, said the display of decorations was clearly fake.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]He said: 'To start with you never wear two rows of medals - you wear one long row overlapping. The Queen never gave permission for the Gulf war medals to be worn on uniform and the entire order is wrong.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]'But the real outrage is over the gallantry awards. If anyone was awarded this many, they would have got the Victoria Cross. What he is doing is appalling. Swanning around with things he is not entitled to, especially under the present circumstances, is offensive.'[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]During the parade, families of four Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers killed in Afghanistan attended to lay wreaths in memory of their loved ones.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Now angry servicemen and members of the committee have launched an appeal to name and shame the man.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Jesse Owen, 82, served in the Royal Marines between 1945 and 1957 and has a genuine UN medal and Korean Veterans medal.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]He said: 'There are men and women on that parade that went through hell. This year we had four families who came to remember their husbands and sons and the largest contingent of those wonderful ladies the war widows.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]'A man like this brings disrespect and disgrace on the whole act of remembrance.'[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]March organiser Jim Nicholson, 67, served as a private in the Parachute Regiment between 1961 and 1967 and has genuine medals for Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]He said: 'We have had idiots like this try to join in a few times and we tell them to get lost. It takes the mick and we get very annoyed that he will turn up wearing medals that genuine servicemen have earned.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]'One of my ex-SAS friends challenged him about his decorations, and he admitted he was a Walter Mitty fake.'[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]The fraudster, who may have bought his collection on the internet or from antique shops, is committing a criminal offence by wearing decorations without authority to do so and could face prosecution under the Army Act 1955.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Last year Tom Cattell, 74, was exposed as a fake after posing as an SAS and Parachute Regiment veteran for nearly a decade.[/SIZE]

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    IF you know this fraud, report him to the police immediatly.

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    He must be 001 or 005 or even 0011 his fate was never fully established.

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    My apologies lads, sorry 4 the repost

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