An imposter who turned up at a Remembrance Day parade wearing an unbelievable and impossible haul of medals has been arrested, the Daily Mail reports.
Carpenter Roger Day, 61, was also wearing an SAS beret and tie clip and pin badge, as well as a particularly lurid tie. It turns out that he did actually served 14 months in the Army in the 1970’s, but soon left after being ‘unable to hack the pace’. His Army service record shows that he performed no tours on active duty and was awarded no medals.
Day was pictured wearing a Distinguished Service Order (for senior officers only), a Military Cross with a Mentioned in Despatches leaf (MiD leafs are worn on campaign medals, not gallantry), an unidentified foreign medal, a Queens Commendation medal, a Military Medal (Army other ranks), Distinguished Service Medal (Naval other ranks), a Meritous Service Medal, a Northern Ireland Service Medal, a South Atlantic Medal, Gulf Medal, as well as a range of foreign and NATO medals, from Korea (1950-3, when he was still in Primary School) and the Gulf (1991). To have won all of those medals he would have had to have served 41 years from Private to Major or higher, and saw action on board a ship, and his full title would be Roger Day DSO MC DSM MM. He must have gone to an unbelievable amount of effort to get hold of all those medals, which must clearly be fake.
Clearly, if anyone had won that haul of medals he would be world famous. Yet, if the guy had more than 2 brain cells he would be aware that all Gallantry medals are announced in the London Gazette, whether they are SAS or not, and are searchable online.
Unbelievably, it also appears that Day has given talks on war and peace, and has even written and performed a song in honour of returning troops. Even more unbelievably, when confronted Day tried to front it out, claiming that the Official Secrets Act – that old chestnut – prevented him from saying anything. Apart from ”They’re all proper, pukka campaign medals. Medals I won in conflicts while I was serving with the British forces. All I can say is South Atlantic the Gulf, Kuwait and one or two other stations.” Hmmm, not so secret then.
Apart from the fact that he has clearly not done any research – and made the cardinal walt mistake of overdoing it – he’s also disrespected all of the brave people who have genuinely won those medals. He’s by no means the only Walter Mitty character out there – read here for a good laugh. Sadly, it means that anyone wearing an SAS beret, whether genuine or not, is bound to attract suspicion.
Don’t try and be something that you’re not. If you feel the need to put on an act then you need help.