The former mayor of Otley, 65, is probed over claims he posed as a decorated war hero
Town’s former mayor, 65, is probed over claims he posed as a decorated war hero who had served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland
- Peter Jackson, formerly the mayor of Otley, is being investigated for his claims
- An online vigilante group found his name absent from list of Falklands service
- Pictures show medals positioned wrongly and his uniform creased and baggy
- Jackson resigned from council, saying damage to his reputation is ‘irreversible’
A Liberal Democrat councillor who claimed he served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland is being investigated after an online vigilante group posted evidence he had made up his service record.
Peter Jackson, 65, who was the mayor of Otley in West Yorkshire and currently serves as a town councillor, wore a Queen’s Gallantry Medal and dressed as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel while marching in a Remembrance Day Parade in 2021.
Jackson claimed on his LinkedIn page to have been an ex Royal Military Police soldier in the Special Investigation Branch and an Honorary Lt Colonel – as well as having graduated from Sandhurst with a Bachelor of Law degree.
However, online vigilante group The Walter Mitty Hunters Club, which exposes military imposters, posted a 1,700-word blogpost on January 20 going through discrepancies in Jackson’s claims, triggering Otley Town Council to launch an investigation into the allegations.
The investigators found that, although Jackson claimed to have been awarded an MID in the Falklands, his name was not even mentioned on the list of those who had served.
Peter Jackson, 65, is pictured wearing a Queen’s Gallantry Medal and dressed as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel while marching in a Remembrance Day Parade in 2021
The former mayor of Otley, 65, has stepped down from his position as a councillor following the accusations, saying his reputation has been ‘irreversibly’ damaged
Despite Jackson’s claim to have received an MID in the Falklands, investigators could not find him mentioned on a list of those who had served in the conflict with Argentina
In addition, photos show his medals wrongly positioned, and investigators joked his uniform ‘looked like a bag of potatoes’ that had ‘never been near an iron’.
The Royal Military Police Association told The Sun they could not substantiate any of Jackson’s claims.
Jackson has quit as a Lib Dem councillor, and he is currently on holiday in Jamaica.
He told The Sun: ‘No matter what I say or prove the damage already done is irreversible.’
Jackson says he took the post of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in 2019 after becoming the Mayor of Otley.