Help required with a walter mitty, 16/5th lancers

#1
Hi there,
i'm wondering if someone may be able to help me. We have had a few problems in Cornwall with a character who claims to be an ex officer in the 16/5th Lancers. He claims he was wounded in the Falklands War, but i have a photo of him in 1982 when he was a WO in the RAF Reserve as an Air Training Corps instructor. I am hoping someone will be able to dip into his service records. If he did serve i am certain he was never commisioned. If you can help please send me a message an i'll give you his details.
Thanks
 
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#4
Wait for an opportune moment preferably in a full bar when he is in full flow and produce the picture and demand an explanation.

If any of the other threads regarding walts are anything to go by this advice will be repeated over and over - only not so nicely!!
 
#6
In 82 the 16/5th were in Bovington, but he would have been able to really Walt one on, as they did a one Squadron rotation in Beirut in 83/4
 
#7
Claims the photo is him after he left the army!!! (ex commissioned army officers don't go into RAF VR as WO's) i know the 16/5th didn't go to the Falklands, he also claims to be ex SAS, ex AAC Pilot, ex armoured Para??? The list goes on. The main thing here is to discover the actual service record if any, and expose the commission fraud. Nowt hurts more than evidence
 
#8
Claims the photo is him after he left the army!!! (ex commissioned army officers don't go into RAF VR as WO's) i know the 16/5th didn't go to the Falklands, he also claims to be ex SAS, ex AAC Pilot, ex armoured Para??? The list goes on. The main thing here is to discover the actual service record if any, and expose the commission fraud and the multiple lies. Nowt hurts more than evidence
You are very very wrong on that one. Battery acid in the eyeballs hurst a whole lot more. And anyone starting a walt hunt on their fiirst post deserves battery acid in thier children's eyes, let alone their own.
 
#9
If he's ex RAC Para Sqn he will be big mates with Maj Gen Andrew Cummings, who is also Colonel of the Queens Royal Lancers, and would have been at their reunion in Bovy a few weeks ago, but they disbanded in 1976
 
#10
In 82 the 16/5th were in Bovington, but he would have been able to really Walt one on, as they did a one Squadron rotation in Beirut in 83/4
A Squadron was at Lulworth and did Beirut
B and HQ at Bovvy
C Sqdn were AMF, and thought they were going Falklands,but all their cold weather kit went instead.

Will PM you cos i was in The Regiment that time.
 
#11
Oh and the 16/5th had one man who did fight in the Falklands, so i suppose you could say we were there.
 
#17
If he's my son it's news to me
 
#18
Hi there,
i'm wondering if someone may be able to help me. We have had a few problems in Cornwall with a Walter Mitty character who claims to be an ex officer in the 16/5th Lancers. He claims he was wounded in the Falklands War, but i have a photo of him in 1982 when he was a WO in the RAF Reserve as an Air Training Corps instructor. I am hoping someone will be able to dip into his service records. I actually doubt he even served, if he did am certain he was never commisioned. If you can help please send me a message an i'll give you his details, he has damaged the RBL and the ABF and has to be outed as a charlatan.
Thanks
steve
These walt threads are always one-sided, so I'll play Devil's Advocate on this one...

He claims he was wounded in the Falklands War - A mate of mine was wounded during the Falklands Conflict, but he wasn't in the Forces, nor was he an islander. He was Merchant Navy, though. As far as I'm aware, being a civvy sailor doesn't bar you from being in the ATC.

i have a photo of him in 1982 when he was a WO in the RAF Reserve as an Air Training Corps instructor - And? A part-time airman being involved with a kids' organisation? As far as I'm aware, there'd only be a conflict if he obtained a commission in the ATC (being RAFR and RAFVR(T) at the same time and holding two different ranks in HM Armed Forces) - though that would make him quite a bit older and thus unlikely to achieve his Army career - but maybe not impossible.

claims to be an ex officer in the 16/5th Lancers - why couldn't he be? He could have joined up in 1983 or any date after his return from the Falklands, once his wounds had healed. Gives him potentially 10 years service if he left before they were disbanded, so Captain certainly possible. Or higher rank if he then went QRL.

So, joins RAFR at 17, WO by age 30 in 1982. Occupation sailor, does ATC Adult Instructor when on leave. His ship gets STUFT and him with it off FI. Goes home and decides that the prospect of swimming the Atlantic is not for him so joins the Army. He's well qualified, so he applies for and obtains a commission in the 16th/5th Lancers. 10 years later, realises that amalgamation of regiments stuffs up his promotion chances so he quits and becomes a civvy again. That'd make him about 59 years old now.
 
#19
Ask to see his Red Book...............................no expert but isn't there a potted history in them?
 

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