Date of Entry: 04/05/2020
Surname: Hamilton
Christian Names: Anthony John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: Claims Australian Army
Branch: Claims Special Air Service regiment
Commencement of service: Claims 1978
Completion of service: Claim 1998
Case Notes:


Anthony Hamilton is an everywhere man. He also uses the names Tony Hamilton and A.J Hamilton. He is about 58 years of age, stating he was born on the 3 September, 1961.

Hamilton claims that he joined the Australian Regular Army (ARA) in 1978 as a 17 year old. He further claims that he discharged 20 years later in 1998. He has related to members of the Aussie Vets PTSD Group, Gympie, that during his 20 years Army service, he was deployed to 1 Commando Regiment, 2 Commando Regiment , 1 and 5 Infantry Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment , (RAR). He added that at Discharge in 1998, he was the current Warrant Officer Class 1 - RSM at the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) at Swanbourne Western Australia.

Hamilton claims deployments in The Gulf War – 1991, Somalia 1993 , Clean Up Crew for U.N. Cambodia 1993 – 1994, Rwanda 1995, 3 x East Timor 1996 – 1997, Afghanistan, , New Guinea and finally, Iraq, Afghanistan and Dubai as a Civilian Security Advisor.
He has claimed membership of the 1 RAR Association, 5 RAR Association, 1 and 2 Commando Regiment Associations and SASR Association.

In March, 2020, Hamilton inquired about joining “Aussie Vets PTSD Group” in Gympie, Queensland. He contacted the Administrators and claimed all the above Australian Army service details to them. He stated that he was also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was destitute and homeless. He claimed that he was living in a car in a Car Park in Logan, Brisbane.

He was invited to travel to Gympie where he was given money, and free board and accommodation. A few days after his arrival, his stories of alleged Australian Army Service did not appear to add up. Below is one statement that caused a great deal of curiosity among the members of the Aussie Vets PTSD Group. -

He related the following story -; "that he was kidnapped while on patrol in Rwanda and beaten with clubs etc, he came out in a body cast. The Government wouldn't help, the Australian Army had to get him out.”

He also stated that in 5 weeks time, "he was to receive a $1.9 million dollar “Army “pension", and that “he had completed 1540 parachute jumps during his Army service:.

Other discrepancies appeared in his stories and he was subsequently asked to leave the free accommodation he was given. The local Police were called and he left without incident.

ANZMI was contacted by concerned Gympie veterans who viewed Hamilton’s actions as deceitful and were an effort to obtain, cash, and free board and lodgings by continuing that deceit.

A mobile telephone number for Hamilton was contacted on numerous occasions to allow him an opportunity to explain his behavior. It has been disconnected.

On investigation of Hamilton’s claims, ANZMI concluded that Hamilton was not -;

1 A Warrant Officer Class 1 RSM at SASR, Perth in 1998 or at any other time.
2 He was never a member of 1 Commando Regiment or 2 Commando Regiment.
3 He was never a member of 1 Battalion RAR or 5 Battalion RAR.
4 He was never a member of any of the above current Military Associations.
5 He is not listed on the 1st Gulf War Nominal Roll.
6 He is not listed on the Somalia Nominal Roll.
7 He is not listed on the Rwanda Nominal Roll.
8 His dates for East Timor are not consistent with Australian Military Operations conducted in that country.

ANZMI has been unable to locate any evidence that Anthony John Hamilton ever served in the Australian Army. We did ascertain however, that in February, 2020, Hamilton applied for 5/7 Battalion Association membership. He was asked the normal questions to verify his service, but his answers were nonsense. Also he could not remember his service number. That is normally the decider. His application was declined.

Volunteer organisations like the Aussie Vets Group should be very careful that this bounder does not come knocking on your door claiming veteran status and seeking cash, free board and lodgings.

Hamilton told veterans in Gympie that he originates from a town called “Wombat” in New South Wales. At ANZMI, we think that is very appropriate.

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