Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'H'

Surname: Holt
Christian Names: Michael Shayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Loch Sport
Service: Army
Branch: Signals
Case Notes:

Michael Shayne Holt, date of birth 23 Jun, 1965 of Loch Sport Victoria has come unstuck telling lies about his army service.

Loch Sport Returned and Servicemen’s League (RSL) in Victoria has been embarrassed yet again in the exposure of another thief of veteran's honour.  In September 2010 a New Zealand wannabe Paul Gregory MITCHELL of Loch Sport made his debut on this website for telling porkies about covert ops fighting the enemy in North Vietnam - and now we have Michael Shayne HOLT - a genuine veteran of the Timor conflict who has seen fit to magnify his honourable service with a dishonourable fanciful history.

 A basic check with RSL HQ records shows HOLT records his service as follows:

Regimental No: 1104193 - Served with: Royal Australian Signals Corps -

Date of Birth: 23 June 1965 - Medals Awarded: AASM/ASM Bougainville-Rwanda-Timor.

PNG - Cambodia

The following is excerpts from a witnessed statement which records a history of HOLT's

gilding of the lily at the Loch Sport RSL:

Around April 2011 HOLT first attended the Loch Sport RSL letting it be known he had served with Special Forces and also with 8/9 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.  HOLT went on to advise that he had completed many secret deployments that he could get no recognition for (too much of a secret nature) because legally he "wasn't there"!! 

HOLT emphasised that he may be entitled for some awards in the future - to his mind that would validate all his covert secret missions.....which again he stressed he "could not talk about".... a normal line of patter for most who appear on this website.

 Our informant continues: 

HOLT loves to butt into peoples conversations when the topic is active service by introducing himself stating "I was in the Army  - when asked what he did/whom he served with replies "I really cannot tell you – but what I can impart is that I worked in a small group and they would drop me out in the middle of the ocean and I had to navigate my way back to shore - I cannot tell you where I've been or what I've done because all my missions were Top Secret.

After HOLT has downed several drinks his tongue loosens and he will lower his voice to impart he has served in Rwanda - Somalia (Mogadishu) - Cambodia and was even dropped into Dublin to sort out some IRA.

 HOLT you understand is a trained killer.  Name dropping by HOLT of those sadly killed in the Black Hawk disaster cannot be recorded in this exposure - the grief suffered by loved ones and friends of those who lost their lives is insurmountable and doesn't not warrant re-opening - suffice to say HOLT also name drops a KIA from AFGHANISTAN intimating he trained him to Special Forces standards.....seems he had this KIA's father ring him to discuss "what had happened".

This would have to be the most contemptible actions of any resident on this website.

To further his reputation HOLT has mouthed off at the RSL of deeds of derring-do whereby he has been in numerous contacts and shot people, he claims a mate of his was shot in the hip by a 7.62 and had to hide in a tree for three days.  Whilst posted to Norforce HOLT claims to "shot it out" with drug growers/dealers on a couple of occasions.

 HOLT has stated that he is aware of three personnel from Loch Sport RSL who have attempted to "Have my service checked out - they will not be successful because to find out about my service you need clearance from the rank of General or above".  Asked how he knows this the reply is: "I still have friends in Army Intelligence"

Well Mr HOLT - without the assistance of anybody from the rank of General or above AMZMI has sourced your military history and can advise you are full of fertilizer.  Some of your "mates" from the Signals Corps have advised you have a very ordinary if mediocre service history.

They have confirmed that you completed recruit training, attended the School of Signals for initial employment training, were then posted to 1 Signal Regiment, 1 Joint Services Unit, then on to NORFORCE where you eventually transferred to the Army Reserves and were discharged for nonattendance - highest rank achieved was the rank of Junior Non Commissioned Officer - Corporal - your Army employment history indicates you were a qualified Operator Information Systems and Radio Operator.

You do not appear on the Nominal Roll of those who served in RWANDA, and the same applies for Cambodia - it goes without saying that your imaginary time in Dublin does not crack a mention either!!  Claimed service with the 8/9 RAR is also a fairy tale.

According to our sources you are entitled to wear the following medals:

 INTERFETM (Timor Medal)

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with clasp East Timor

Australian Service Medal (ASM) non-warlike service with clasp Bougainville

Returned from Active Service Badge

Michael Shayne HOLT - you are a veteran in your own right, why you have seen the need to magnify your service with absolute lies is disgraceful.

You have absolutely NO Special Forces background.  You did not serve in Rwanda or Cambodia.  Your fanciful tales of being in Dublin give cause to suggest SAS service.  Your imaginary tales do nothing but denigrate the service those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice both on active service and in peace-time - not to mention the unbridled grief the next of kin of these men experience in an ongoing struggle.   When next you look at yourself in the mirror, ask yourself one question....WHY?

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Horn
Christian Names: Darrell Bruce
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: R66340
Service: Navy
Branch: Underwater Weapons
Commencement of service: 08 Apr 67
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



We honour those who made the supreme sacrifice in war, as we do for those who have lost their lives in peacetime. The collision at sea between the HMAS Melbourne and the USS Frank E. Evans is a tragedy engraved into the defence history of both Australia and the United States.

What is known as theMelbourne–Evans  collisionwas a collision between light aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourneof theRoyal Australian Navy (RAN) and destroyerUSS Frank E. Evans of the United States Navy  (USN). On 3 June 1969, the two ships were participating in SEATOexercise Sea Spirit in theSouth China Sea. At approximately 3:00 am, when ordered to a new escort station, Evanssailed under Melbourne's bow, where she was cut in two. Seventy-four of  Evans'crew were killed.

On 03 June 2014, a sombre service was held onboard HMAS Melbourne (III), commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Melbourne-Evans collision. The service was attended by a number of invited former members of the Melbourne’s crew at the time of the incident.

Darrell Bruce Horn was one of the attendees.

Horn 1 2


Dress of the day for the service was uniform with medals for ADF members and suits with medals for ex-service members in attendance. On that day, Horn was the only one present wearing only medal ribbons. “Why was this”, you may ask – perhaps Horn did not want anyone questioning the authenticity of the decorations he had on his left breast that day.

Horn 2 2 3


In the above image Horn is wearing two rows of medal ribbons, signifying his being awarded the total of seven medals for his service. The first three, and the only official medals actually issued to Horn for his Navy service are:

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75

2. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)

3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (ASM).

The remaining four ribbons, on the bottom row, represent commemorative medals issued by various Ex-Service associations. These trinkets are generally known as ‘tin’ medals, they have no credibility and should never be worn with official medals.

Horn appears very grandiose, with extra medals adorning his chest, apparently representing a great deal of service. However, Horn has already been recognised for this service by the issuing of official medals.

Wearing unofficial commemoratives with issued medals destroys the integrity of Australia's honours and awards system, and demeans the genuine service of the wearer.

These pieces of ‘tin’ are shown in full below so that the public may recognise this deception and call to account anyone wearing those abominations.

Horn 3 2


HMAS Sydney Commemorative

Horn 4 2

Australian Logistic Support Forces Commemorative

Horn 5 2


Regular Force Service Commemorative

Horn 6 2

Far East Strategic Reserve Commemorative

Darrell Bruce Horn: Your attempt to give an impression, of your being some sort of super hero on this solemn anniversary, displayed a total disrespect for your fellow ex-servicemen. That disrespect, is now displayed on ANZMI, for all to see.

Surname: Hoskin
Christian Names: John William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

John William Hoskin

The article in question (edition 13 November 2007) concerned a local identity "veteran" ex Colonel John HOSKIN who was quoted as "serving in the army reserve for 40 years and spent six weeks fighting in Vietnam as an officer (Colonel) leading 130 men, bullets missing him by centimetres.....

The Vietnam Veterans who made contact with ANZMI were outraged at the statements made by HOSKIN and two in particular were adamant that HOSKIN was blowing smoke about his time in South Vietnam.  A cursory check of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll shows HOSKIN went to Vietnam on a 11 day CMF (reservist) Officers Visit from10 December 1967 to 20 December 1967 - a total of 11 days in-country!!

It is common knowledge among Vietnam veterans that CMF Officer visits were a basic nuisance and their presence was a hindrance to normal unit operations, to a man, no ANZMI members can recall a visitor of this category being exposed to any enemy action - the truth be known most visitors were kept in the rear and allotted basic tasks (if any) and all concerned were glad to see them return to Australia.

 HOSKIN was contacted by ANZMI by mail on 1 December 2007 giving him until 21 December to disprove allegations of making up war stories or prove them correct - at the same time he was advised to reply to ANZMI with his intentions and given the opportunity to provide an apology to all Vietnam Veterans - he did neither.  Our investigations show he made communications with the newspaper and attempted retractions over two matters - he wanted the time in-country amended to read two weeks, and his rank to read Major - from information the newspaper provided he made no requests to alter the "combat action" details of his story.  There was no apology/retraction made by the Journal as time and printing space disallowed such action.

During the "waiting period" more evidence came to hand in the form of HOSKIN at one stage supposedly being a commentator on ABC television for ANZAC Day marches, his constant refusal to become a member of any Returned and Services League because of bad history of treatment of Vietnam veterans, and his voluntary role in addressing local schools on his operational service in Vietnam.  In 2004 a local school gave its students a task of interviewing HOSKIN and reporting on his service in the school magazine - the reader can view two of these interviews below.........

Schools and parents should be cautious of 'veterans' offering to speak to children about wartime experiences.  Please check the veterans' bona fides carefully because there are numerous wannabes listed in our Cases pages who have sought situations that give them the opportunity to regale children with lies and inappropriate tales of killing people, purely for their own self aggrandisement

There can be no doubt that HOSKIN has walked the path of Walter MITTY here, he is a veteran in his own right, albeit a "short timer" - but has seen the need to gild the lily for self aggrandisement.

 ANZMI holds more information on this pretender and will present such information should the need arise.

 John HOSKIN is a disgrace to the Officer Corps, and can accompany others of this ilk on our website.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Hunter
Christian Names: John "Jock"
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bald Hills
Service #: Unknown UK
Service: RAF?
Branch: UnKnown
Commencement of service: UnKnown
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:




"Jock" Hunter is originally from the United Kingdom (UK) and is now a resident of Australia and member of the Sandgate Returned and Services League (RSL), Queensland Australia. Before ANZAC Day 2014, he visited the UK. On ANZAC 2014 Day at Sandgate it was noticed that he had sprouted lots of colourful medals on his Jacket.

We assume that Hunter, who served in the Royal Air Force decided to buy a heap of junk medals whilst in the UK, so that he could appear to be a person with considerable Military experience.

The medals he is wearing are:

1. General Service Medal (GSM)
2. Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
3. Cold War Victory Medal - Unofficial Medal
4. British Forces Germany Medal - Unofficial Medal
5. Could be the Cadet Forces First Aid Medal - Unofficial Medal

Because of privacy legislation in the UK we are unable to establish whether Hunter has earned the GSM or is eligible to wear the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. We do however know that the other three medals he is wearing, are self purchased junk that must not be worn with genuine medals on the left side, either in the UK or in Australia.

We asked Hunter to explain the reason he was wearing the unofficial Medals and also requested that he confirm his entitlement to wear the GSM and Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal however he deigned to ignore us.

It was obviously Hunter's intention to be seen as a be-meddled UK war veteran at the Sandgate RSL. We have the pleasure of expanding Hunter's audience to include the whole world, and hope he enjoys the experience.

Surname: Hutchinson
Christian Names: Ian Trevor
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Branch: Medical
Case Notes:

Ian Trevor Hutchinson

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is an elite unit in the Australian Defence Force.  Wannabes in droves claim affiliation with this famous unit, most of them have never been anywhere near the home of SASR at Campbell Barracks Swanbourne in Western Australia. 

Recently a very cunning wannabe was exposed having talked his way through the checks and balances to became a fully fledged member of the SAS Association and to some extent participated in unit “activities”.   We can only conclude that if a smooth talking conman and wannabe can talk his way into the heart of the SASR, a professional seeking ‘who knows what kind of information, could also do it very easily. Ian Hutchinson looked like an ex SAS Trooper, dressed like an ex SAS Trooper and almost talked like an ex SAS Trooper.




In addition to medals, Hutchinson is wearing the SAS Sandy Beret with SAS Badge together with an SAS Tie, Lapel badge and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).  Hutchinson is entitled to wear the medals but has not entitlement to the SAS accoutrements or the ICB

Hutchinson served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and in Vietnam spent most of his time as a Private soldier in 1st Australian Field Hospital. Here are details of his Vietnam service as shown on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll.



Hutchinson started his deceit in the mid 1990s, when he made himself known to other younger SAS Troopers and ingratiated himself by doing favours for them and with slick talk convinced them that he served as an SAS Patrol Commander in Vietnam:

In 1997, some serving soldiers from SAS went fishing and caught a few crayfish. They called in to the local pub and asked if they could cook the crayfish on the hotel BBQ. Initially they were told 'No', but one of the blokes noticed the hotel manager had a chain with the SAS winged dagger on it. XXXXXX introduced himself as being a serving member of SAS and the manager introduced himself as Ian Hutchinson G Troop, 2 Sqn SAS Vietnam. They got their crays cooked and had a few beers with who they thought was an ex SAS Vietnam Patrol Commander. No one suspected anything until Sept 2009 when he was uncovered as a fraud. It is believed he has even lied to his wife.  She often attended and enjoyed SAS related functions with him.

Hutchinson had some knowledge about SAS because in 1971 as a member of the Medical Corps  he attended and failed the SAS selection course.

During the years he was pretending to be an ex SAS Trooper he usually marched with the SAS Regiment on ANZAC Day and illegally wore the coveted SAS Sandy Beret. He last marched on ANZAC Day 2009.  We have cropped this photo of him confidently swaggering along among genuine ex SAS personnel.


Hutchinson was hoist on his own petard when he had the temerity to agree to give a lecture within SAS, on jungle warfare as an SAS Patrol Commander in Vietnam. Because he had never been a Patrol Commander his audience could see through his charade.

In September 2009 as a result of his failed lecture, Hutchinson’s record of service was checked for the first time since he began associating with SAS members and as a result his reputation went from hero to zero when it was discovered he was a fraud and a wannabe

Hutchinson deliberately ingratiated himself with serving SAS soldiers, he hooked them on a fishing trip using the bait of an SAS Winged Dagger badge hanging around his neck, then for years mercilessly and without conscience deceived those who thought he was their friend.

Hutchinson is a shameful person who will remain on this web site for the remainder of his life. In the light of current political threats to Australia we urge the SAS Association to carry out an audit of its current members and take more care with future Association applications

4 Jul 2010

Update Ian Trevor Hutchinson
Our entry of the 4 Feb 2010 pointed out "In light of current political threats to Australia we urge the SAS Association to carry out an audit of its current members and take more care with future Association Applications".
On the 25 June 2010 the following appeared in the Australian Newspaper in Western Australia.


The others mentioned in the article are Liddelow and Meally both were posted as support staff to the SASR and both were caught wearing the Sandy Beret which they are not entitled to wear. We believe Liddelow is a committee member and at one time held the position of Vice President of the Association and is being strongly supported by a faction of the SAS Association. 

New information has been received, to show that Hutchinson was sacked from the Army on the  6th September 1973 just Twenty Three days after he was found guilty of Forge and Utter charges  by a civilian court on the 14 August 1973.



In addition we have located documentary evidence proving that Hutchinson failed the Special Air Service Regiment selection course in February 1973 and was returned to his unit.


The document gives proof of Hutchinsons dishonesty long before he was exposed as a liar a cheat and a Wannabe by ANZMI.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Hutchinson
Christian Names: Raymond William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Dimboola
Service #: 37669
Service: Army
Branch: RAA
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:




Ray Hutchinson is a doyen of the Dimboola RSL.  The locals heap him with praise for his charitable work over many years, but Hutchinson cannot be happy as he is hiding the secret that he is a fraud, liar and wannabe. He must have been forever waiting for a tap on the shoulder. We are now happy to tap his shoulder and relieve him of any further anxiety  of being caught.

Notice in the photograph that Hutchinson, by his uniform,  purports to be a decorated ex Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Sergeant.  He is wearing:


Military Medal (MM)This is awarded to for 'acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire'.  Hutchinson has never been awarded this medal and wearing it is an act of unforgivable disrespect.

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - Genuine medal

General Service Medal (GSM).  He falsely claims this for service in Borneo

Vietnam Medal (VM) - Genuine medal

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) - Genuine medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Genuine medal

Front Line Medal.- Self purchased tin junk.

Other accoutrements

SASR Beret and hat badge- No entitlement to wear

Infantry Combat Badge- No entitlement to wear

Regiment  shoulder lanyard. Wearing Royal Australian Engineer Corps or previous 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment  shoulder lanyard. - If he purports to be ex SASR he should wear a Garter Blue lanyard on his left shoulder.

Parachute wings These are not SASR parachute wings and are incorrectly positioned. 

Here are SASR Parachute wings:

On Polyester shirts they are positioned centrally on the sleeve seven centimeters from the shoulder.

Hutchinsonstarted his military career at Army Apprentice School as part of the 11th Intake where he was an Apprentice Bricklayer.  He failed to graduate and transferred to the Regular Army.

See the media report  where he extolled his  "war service"

Hutchinsonhas lied to the newspaper.

He did not complete two tours of Vietnam.

He did not serve as part of Australian forces in Borneo and Malaya.

He did not "see action"  with 2 Squadron SAS in 1966-67.

He was not an intelligence sergeant in 1967-68

In Vietnam he completed one routine tour  as a Bombardier (Corporal) in an Artillery Unit.

We contacted Hutchinson on the Dimboola RSL Secretary's phone.  When asked where he earned his Military Medal, he said "I didn't"  when asked why he wears an SASR Beret he said "Someone gave it to him".  When advised he had no entitlement to wear the medal and the beret his retort was "I know".

Hutchinsonhas big noted himself in the township of Dimboola for many years.  He has now been comprehensively caught as a fraud and a liar who grossly exaggerated his service in Vietnam. 

Veterans will not tolerate those who "gild" their service to increase  prestige, be assured the kudos derived in a small town from falsely claiming to have served with the elite SASR is comprehensively outweighed by the disrespect generated for being a liar and a fraud.

In every community in every settlement or town throughout Australia there are people who have served, or have loved ones who have served in the Defence Force.  These people are aware of ANZMI and any person making false claims about Defence Service will eventually be recognised and reported to us. 

Be a wannabe at your own peril.

We welcome the "big noter" Raymond Hutchinson to our website to mingle with the hundreds who have gone before him.


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