Sydney – The Australian military had some explaining to do Saturday after it was revealed that the image on a recently released army recruitment poster is that of a serial liar who deserted his World War I battalion not once but twice while fighting in France. Marcel Caux was celebrated as a hero when he died at the age of 105 in 2004 – one of the last five Australians to have served in World War I. His image was emblazoned on recruitment posters and he was lauded a a paragon of virtue.
But research by The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that his real name was Harold Katte and his life was a patchwork of deception.
The paper said he had “five names, five signatures, three nationalities, three places of birth, three dates of birth, three mothers, three fathers and two wives, simultaneously.”