Date of Entry: 12/12/2020
Surname: BUCKBY
Christian Names: Walter Brian
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Beaudesert
Service #: 1/722202
Service: Army
Branch: 11 NST Battalion
Commencement of service: April 1956
Completion of service: 1958
Case Notes:


Brian Buckby was born on the 15 May, 1937. He is currently a Committee member of the Beaudesert R.S.L. Sub Branch in Queensland. Buckby is a Medal Cheat.

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Buckby wears the following medals -;

1. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951-1972. Entitled.
3. Unofficial tin National Service Association Medal. Not entitled.

Buckby, who prefers to use the first name Brian in place of Walter, commenced 3 months Army National Service Training (NST) at 11 NST Battalion Wacol, Brisbane in April, 1956. Following 3 months full time Basic Training he was required to complete part time Citizens Military Forces (CMF) service for 78 days over a two year period. He was posted to 2/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry Regiment (RAAC) CMF.

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For his service he wears three medals. He is entitled to wear two.

The third medal on Buckby’s rack is an unofficial National Servicemen’s Association Medal that could be purchased from that organisation for about 30 dollars. It is a tin medal and should not be added to or worn with official medals approved by the Governor General of Australia. Medals wearing compliance protocols have been in existence for over 100 years and every person who has served in the Australian Defence Force knows that if you have to purchase a medal, you did not earn it.

If you feel the impulse to wear tin, then it should be worn on the right side, not the left.

The official Anniversary of National Service Medal was proclaimed on the 10 October, 2001, and every National Serviceman with eligibility may apply for and wear that medal.

Buckby has been wearing the tin medal for years. He has been told on numerous occasions that it is not official and should be removed from his rack. He refused to do so on each occasion.

He was subsequently contacted by a Researcher, who inquired about his tin medal.

His response was -;

“I have been wearing the three medals for many years, to NSAA State functions, RSL Functions & even had a one on one conversation with Qld RSL State President (Name deleted by ANZMI) at a function I had organised.

Not once during that time has anyone mentioned that it was incorrect to wear the 3 mounted medals as I do.

As the medals are mounted I will have to get the third medal removed professionally, but will not wear them until this has been done.”

Given the fact that Buckby purchased the medal, had it court mounted with genuine medals, and was told on many occasions to remove it - it defies belief that he can still adopt an attitude that it is OK to wear it. He compounds his ignorance by wearing his two legitimate ribands on his tie beneath his name tag.

Buckby has no credibility and should resign from the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch as a Committee Member. He sets a bad example for all those Sub Branch members and any prospective younger member intending to join the RSL movement.

Vanity or ignorance. Maybe both. Our readers can decide.

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