A wannabe soldier has been exposed as a Walter Mitty liar for claiming to get a top medal – with the worst ever photoshopped picture ever.
Dave Harper was exposed after posting the dodgy fake on his Facebook page – nicked from an actual hero soldier being given the third highest medal for gallantry.
Harper put the picture up on his personal page, claiming to have been awarded the Military Cross for serving in Northern Ireland – despite the picture showing an Afghanistan conflict medal awarded.
But the fantasist instead used a picture of Lance Corporal Alfie Pope of the Parachute Regiment, getting a rightly-earned medal from the Prince of Wales On February 9, 2012, during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Shameless liar Harper pasted his ginger-moustachioed face over the top – complete with a perfectly level line below his beret – and claimed the picture was taken in October 1969.
The liar even pointed out that he looked “retarded” in the terribly-manipulated pic – while soaking up praise from gullible pals.
In broken English, he wrote: “Some old photo’s I found in old envelope. Most of my belongings where destroyed when my Aunts house was burned very badly. I had forgotten about them
James Harmer wrote: “You have gone up even further in my estimation.”
The picture was dated 26 October, 1969 – when it is thought there were NO medals awarded, and also those sort of snaps would have not been in printed in colour.
Liar Harper was exposed as a faker and a poser by the Walter Mitty Hunters Club, a group of ex-servicemen and women who berate anybody pretending to be former squaddie.
Member Mark Breen said: “That is hilarious – beret shaped with a spirit level.”
Fellow Walter Mitty hunter Mark McKendry wrote: “A blind man could have made a better job of that photoshop.”
Steve Edward added: “How could anyone have been fooled by that ‘Photoshop’ effort? You can almost see the Sellotape.”
Mitch Singleton said: “He is wearing an Afghan medal, whilst stating this is a very old photo after a Northern Ireland tour. What a d*ck.”
Since he was exposed on Wednesday, Harper has made his Facebook page private.
The MoD have been contacted for a comment.