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Another Walt Bites the Dust

#1
Readers of the Infantry board will have noticed I recently outed a Walt: the 'only British soldier to be awarded the American Purple Heart', who sports a UN Cambodia medal issued about 20 years after he left the SAS!

Continuing this theme I may have another Walt to out. I'll word this carefully for legal reasons: he's the sort of Walt who'd defend his story in court just to spare his credibility:
He likes to write into a local newspaper and uses the post-nominals 'TD', hence claims to hold the Efficiency Decoration (Territorial). We remember him as an ACF officer, not a particularly talented one, but nobody remembers him as a proper TA Officer full stop. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he has been to some seedy, back street Walt-friendly engraver with a phoney TD to enhance his story. If we're all mistaken and someone remembers him as a long serving TA officer, I'll happily offer a retraction to this carefully worded speculation (I'm certain I'll not need to). I'll not name names - you can see his handy work and trademark signature yourself:

http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1205592
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1097359
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.u...ectionID=1699&ArticleID=1204525&ArticlePage=2
 
#2
Country_Bumpkin said:
Readers of the Infantry board will have noticed I recently outed a Walt: the 'only British soldier to be awarded the American Purple Heart', who sports a UN Cambodia medal issued about 30 years after he left the SAS!

Continuing this theme I have another Walt to out. I'll word this carefully for legal reasons: he's the sort of Walt who'd defend his story in court just to spare his credibility:
He likes to write into the local newspaper and uses the post-nominals 'TD', hence claims to hold the Territorial Decoration. We all remember him as an ACF officer, not a particularly talented one, but nobody remembers him as a proper TA Officer full stop. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he has been to some seedy, back street Walt-friendly engraver with a phoney TD to enhance his story. If we're all mistaken and someone remembers him as a long serving TA officer, I'll happily offer a retraction to this carefully worded speculation (I'm certain I'll not need to). I'll not name names - you can see his handy work and trademark signature yourself:

http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1205592
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1097359
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.u...ectionID=1699&ArticleID=1204525&ArticlePage=2
Ah, the good fight continues. Good effort that man.
 
#3
If the guy is a walt, he is employed by SSAFA. If you really want to push him, then why not contact the SSAFA with your concerns that he is representing them, and force him to prove his decorations?
 
#4
Country_Bumpkin said:
Readers of the Infantry board will have noticed I recently outed a Walt: the 'only British soldier to be awarded the American Purple Heart', who sports a UN Cambodia medal issued about 30 years after he left the SAS!

Continuing this theme I have another Walt to out........





Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability. And I want you to know we are with you until victory.
 
#6
I'm fairly sure the TD is Gazetted.

I don't think you get a certificate, but you do get a letter, the medal, a £ 500/ yr pension for life, use of staff cars at your discretion, the right to call a Bde Comd "mate" when in uniform and your own mug in the tea room.

I'm still waiting for the mug.
 
#7
It has crossed my mind. Despite being a Walt he does a lot of work for SSAFA - It's not his Walt service with SSAFA that's the issue really - it's the fact that he's conning genuine members of the service.

Don't know how you'd prove TD - having the medal itself is not proof. Any Walt can buy one and die-hard Walts can even have them engraved. This fella would have a genuine officer's service number from his commissioned time with the ACF. I think you probably get a letter off the Defence Council or Secretary of State. It would also be in London Gazette, but I wouldn't even know which year to look at because it's too long ago to be on the net.
 
#11
Sorry FluffyBunny - no wahhhh. Maybe I've posted on the wrong forum. I thought that one of you TA chaps/chapesses might be able to shed some light on whether this guy is genuine (although I don't think for one moment he is): it is the Territorial Decoration we're talking about here - not NAAFI certificate of merit!
 
#13
Country_Bumpkin said:
Readers of the Infantry board will have noticed I recently outed a Walt: the 'only British soldier to be awarded the American Purple Heart', who sports a UN Cambodia medal issued about 30 years after he left the SAS!

Continuing this theme I have another Walt to out. I'll word this carefully for legal reasons: he's the sort of Walt who'd defend his story in court just to spare his credibility:
He likes to write into the local newspaper and uses the post-nominals 'TD', hence claims to hold the Territorial Decoration. We all remember him as an ACF officer, not a particularly talented one, but nobody remembers him as a proper TA Officer full stop. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he has been to some seedy, back street Walt-friendly engraver with a phoney TD to enhance his story. If we're all mistaken and someone remembers him as a long serving TA officer, I'll happily offer a retraction to this carefully worded speculation (I'm certain I'll not need to). I'll not name names - you can see his handy work and trademark signature yourself:

http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1205592
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1699&ArticleID=1097359
http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.u...ectionID=1699&ArticleID=1204525&ArticlePage=2
Could be a member of the Irish Parliament (Teachta Dala) or perhaps not :?
 
#14
Hi CB

Sorry FluffyBunny - no wahhhh. Maybe I've posted on the wrong forum. I thought that one of you TA chaps/chappesses might be able to shed some light on whether this guy is genuine (although I don't think for one moment he is): it is the Territorial Decoration we're talking about here - not NAAFI certificate of merit!
The wahhhhh comment was, slightly tongue-in-cheek, for StabTiffy. I understand why a question about a TD would be best in the TA Forum.

As I mentioned (and so did MiB) above, try the London Gazette archive.

Kind regards

Fluffy

PS StabTiffy - was it a wahhhhh then? :)
 
#16
The London Gazette has not only a shite website (only works in Internet Exploiter), but their search engine is worse than useless.

I have tried to find the gazetting of my commission and it isn't listed... Unless the TACC I attended was a bad dream and the photo on my mantlepiece an elaborate hoax then I am not sure how to proceed on this one.

msr
 
#18
I must be missing something here bt if you were a walt wouldn't you chose something a little more sexy than a TD. I mean talk about a walt with low self esteem. It's hardly going to pull the birds is it.
 
#19
msr said:
The London Gazette has not only a shite website (only works in Internet Exploiter), but their search engine is worse than useless.

I have tried to find the gazetting of my commission and it isn't listed... Unless the TACC I attended was a bad dream and the photo on my mantlepiece an elaborate hoax then I am not sure how to proceed on this one.

msr
Can't find mine (two entries) - never saw the original ones either. Mind you, it's not a bestselling soaraway sizzling read, let's face it. Hence pants website perhaps.
 
#20
staaken said:
msr said:
The London Gazette has not only a shite website (only works in Internet Exploiter), but their search engine is worse than useless.

I have tried to find the gazetting of my commission and it isn't listed... Unless the TACC I attended was a bad dream and the photo on my mantlepiece an elaborate hoax then I am not sure how to proceed on this one.

msr
Can't find mine (two entries) - never saw the original ones either. Mind you, it's not a bestselling soaraway sizzling read, let's face it. Hence pants website perhaps.
It would be if I could find my own entry in it :)

msr
 

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