Boyd

Date of Entry: 03/05/2017
Surname: Boyd
Christian Names: Michael David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service #: R95822
Service: RAN
Branch: Writer
Commencement of service: 04 Jan 67
Completion of service: Jan 87
Case Notes:

 

 

Michael Boyd is presently assisting ex-service members as an Advocate with Veterans Services, RSL, Queensland Branch, based in Toowoomba.

Boyd has had a long career in public service, first, serving with the Royal Australian Navy from 1967 to 1987, and followed by several positions with the State and Federal Public Service.

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The above photograph was not taken at any ex-service commemoration or official function, but is however, available on the internet for all to see.

 It is said “A picture can paint a thousand words”, however, in this instance only one word springs to mind, namely “Peacock”!

 Boyd looks resplendent with 10 medals on that rack, along with the huge star on his lower breast, and a charming neck decoration.

The first five medals may be quite relevant to Boyd’s Naval service, the remaining five medals, along with the accoutrements, are purely for ‘dress-ups’ and should never be seen mixed with official Australian awards for service.

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The shiny trinkets relate to Boyd’s membership of The Most Honourable Order of Christian Knights of the Rose. Boyd has been invested as , no less than, a Knight Commander of the Rose.

The Most Honourable Order of Christian Knights of the Rose (KoR) was created at the beginning of the third millennium with the intent of upholding values that precede the second millennium. That is, Christian standards of conduct known simply as ‘chivalry’. A ‘Code of Chivalry’ was never really written down, but passed down through the ages. Old stories of Camelot, Charlemagne and Crusader Orders like the Knights Templar all added to its being. The KoR was created with the belief that the need for chivalry is as great today as is was in those older times in which these stories take place.

The above certificate also confers on Boyd the designation of ‘DSR’, for his public service to defence and Government. DSR is the abbreviation of ‘Dagger Sub-Rosa’.

Dagger Sub-Rosa; this is an insignia featuring a crusader's dagger set behind an heraldic rose. It may be worn or displayed on cards and stationery by those members who have a bona-fide service history involving intelligence or investigative work in a military, law enforcement, or church related role. Internally, the member may use the post nominal DSR to indicate their personal qualification within the Order.

The question to be asked is what is Boyd’s ‘bona-fide service history involving intelligence or investigative work’?

Boyd’s LinkedIn profile shows his employment history, starting with the Navy, where he was, apparently, quite a ‘Terror of the Seas’, but no mention of intelligence or investigation. This would be reasonable as he was a ‘Writer’ or administration clerk in civilian terminology.

 

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Nor does the rest of his employment history disclose any hint of relevant derring-do.

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Available records do not disclose any service by Boyd for the awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, or the Papua New Guinea Independence Medal. However, that does not discount his service as records beyond 1970 are not available in the public domain. Boyd was given the opportunity to confirm his entitlement to those service awards but chose not to respond.

The KoR Standard of Conduct, known simply as ‘Chivalry’, is the foundation of that organisation. Chivalry includes ‘honesty’ and parading around with pretend medals is far from honest behaviour, no matter what the time or place.

Michael David Boyd, you may now hold Court with fellow Princes’, Knights, Lords and Ladies, who grace the pages of ANZMI.

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