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Surname: Buchtmann
Christian Names: Gerard Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Penrith
Service: Citizen Military Force
Case Notes:

Gerard Francis BUCHTMANN, QGM, JP, DOB 6 December 1945 of Penrith New South Wales enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) in 1963, and who like his twin brother John like to wear a lot of medals which means nothing other than to impress people who know nothing about medals.

We first came across Gerard Buchtmann on the internet which shows his history with the Volunteer Rescue Association in Penrith NSW. Now we are not saying his has not done a great job there and give him credit for the work he is doing as well as being awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for actions he has carried out. The only thing wrong which caught our eye is he is wearing ribbons which he should not be.This is what is written about Gerard at the following web site.



Gerard Francis Buchtmann has lived in the Penrith community for the past 48 years.

Gerard was a founding member of the Nepean Rescue Organisation and Squad and has been instrumental in meetings with Emergency Service Heads, Police Rescue and V.R.A. prior to its first meeting held on 7 July 1975.

Gerard joined the Nepean Rescue Organisation and Squad at the initial meeting on 7 July 1975 and joined the Training Squad at its initial Training Day on 12 July 1975.

Gerard joined the Rescue Squad on the 13 December 1975 and has been a member of the Nepean Rescue Squad / Penrith V.R.A. Rescue Squad for the past 33 years.

Gerard was initial Squad Captain for four years, Senior Deputy Captain for 29 years and is now Deputy Captain of the NSW Rescue Service – Penrith and remains a member of the Nepean Rescue Organisation Inc.

As Deputy Captain, Gerard also represented the Squad at District Emergency management Committee and District Rescue Committee level.

Following the Granville train disaster, Gerard was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Granville Medal in 1977. Gerard was then appointed Rescue Officer NSW Fire Brigades.


2205726 Gerard Francis Buchtmann enlisted in the CMF and joined a Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Unit (RAEME) on 3 September 1963. He transferred to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) 1 Field Ambulance, for a short period before transferring back to RAEME. He was discharged at his own request on 18 December 1964 and re-enlisted with the same unit on 6 September 1965. He attended a RAEME Promotion Coaching Course on 17 July 1966 and failed to qualifyhe also attended a CMF Drivers Course and qualified on 17 November 1966. He was discharged on 31 August 1967.

On 11 November 2010 both Gerard on the right as you look at the photo and John to his left attended and laid at wreath at the Penrith Remembrance Day Ceremony and a photo was taken showing them wearing numerous medals on both sides of their chests, also both are wearing a beret with the RAEME badge.

They are also wearing military head dress with civilian uniforms so they could salute after laying the wreath and the head dress should only be worn with a military uniform.

When not in military uniform, the correct gesture of respect for the fallen is that after bowing the head, one's medals are covered with the right hand or headwear.  It's called "the veterans' salute", but it's also appropriate for non-veterans.

This tradition is explained below.

The Salute by Veterans at the Cenotaph or Wreath Laying Ceremony (Remembrance Service)

It will be noticed at any Remembrance Service or when passing a Cenotaph Veterans will place their Right Hand over their “Left Side” many may believing that they are placing their ‘Hand over their Heart” in Respect or Remembrance of their Fallen Comrades”;- this is not so.

The Veterans Salute to their “Fallen Comrades” originated in London on Armistice Day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall at the same time a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the “Unknown Soldier” halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for internment. Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past. The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (including many Victoria Cross winners), all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that “No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice”.

I will now cover the medals Gerard is wearing starting from left to right on his left breast.

Queen’s Gallantry Medal(official entitled)

National Medal(official- entitled )

Conscript Medal(un-official purchased medal. Should not be worn at all)

CMF/Reserve Forces Medal(un-official, same as above)

Emergency Services medal(un-official, same as above)

The last three medals have been made up by either individuals or organizations and sold to persons willing to purchase them. They are commonly called tin medals as they are not recognized medals by Honours and Awards or the Defence department who are the only people who can issue Australian Medals produced officially by the Federal Government. Those last three medals should be removed immediately from the left breast.

The CMF/Reserve Forces Medal should not be mistaken for the official Reserve Forces Medal which is issued after 15 years service.

There is an official Emergency Services Medal if persons have completed the requirements.


The Emergency Services Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management training or education. 

How it is awarded

The Governor-General awards the Emergency Services Medal on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers.  The medal may be awarded to a person who has given distinguished service as a member of an emergency service. 

The medal my be awarded regardless of whether the person is eligible for any other award because of the service.  However, a person who is already a holder of the medal is not eligible for another award of the medal. 

Each Australian emergency service organization may award:  

One medal for every 1,000 full-time members, or part of 1,000, full-time members in every calendar year.

One medal for every 5,000, or part of 5,000 part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members. 

One medal may be awarded in a calendar yearfrom each of the following: 

Australian Capital Territory.  

The Northern Territory and

One medal from all external Territories. 

Awards are announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen's Birthday (June) each year. 

Only one award can be made to an individual. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal ESM. 

Persons can be nominated for the award at the following web site. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/inded.cfm


The medals on the right breast of Gerard, are:

NSW Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with two clasps denoting 30 years service. [This is an official NSW State Government Award and is worn on the correct side]

Granville Train Disaster Medal [as above]

Volunteer Rescue Association Service Medal [un-official, should not be worn]

Information from the above site:

Q14.  How do I wear my state awards?

A14.  State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Commonwealth Government "Order of Wearing" are worn on the left breast.  Also from the above site:  Unofficial medals: 

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in  particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system.  Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial".  There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast. 

Order of wearing.

There is an established order of precedence for the wearing of Australian decorations.  You can download a copy of the Order Of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards document.  The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards - RTF 325KB/PDF 61KB.

NOTE: If the Medal is not on that list it should not be worn on the left breast.

As Gerard Francis Buchtmann QGM, JP has a total disregard to the Order of Wearing Medals and shows no respect to Veterans who wear their correct entitlement which can easily be seen in the photo taken on Remembrance Day with Veterans in the background. He will grace our pages for the world to see.

29th May 2011


With regard to our cases on both John and Gerard Buchtmann we have received further information regarding the medals they are wearing. The blue and white medal which we have recorded as the Granville Train Disaster Medal is incorrect. It is in fact the 25th Anniversary Granville Train Disaster Medal.

The original medal had a hand stitched ribbon similar in colour to the United Nations Medal ribbon.

When John and Gerard had their medals Court mounted which means the medals are mounted in such a way that the medals are next to each other and do not move, whereas the old method of mounting medals had them over lapping each other and they would swing as you marched.

The ribbon the Buchtmann twins used was the UN ribbon for their anniversary medals and they never served with the United Nations.

In actual fact, no medal was ever issued for that disaster, only a medallion by the New South Wales Government was issued.

National Service

Both twins wear the Conscript Medal which is what we refer to as a tin medal as it is an un-official medal. John however wears the official commemorative National Service Medal. We cannot find a list of all those that were called up for National Service and We cannot say whether he was officially awarded that medal.

On their service records there is no mention that they were serving with the Citizen Military forces (CMF) in lieu of full time National service of two years.  At the time, which I know from personal experience as I was in the CMF prior to joining the Australian Regular Army, we were advised that if you registered for National Service, you could do six years CMF and not be called up.

We cannot get a copy of the original Act which states that as it has been repealed and the only copy of the Act on line is the Act dated 1971 which had a large number of amendments to some sections and some were sections were repealed.

We did manage to find a document from National Archives which shows that in 1964 the Act had an amendment to make it six years CMF and also information on the Australian War Memorial web site which backs this up. This was done to stop persons joining the CMF before the ballot was drawn and then resigning from the CMF after finding out they had not been called up.



Appendix: The national service scheme, 1964-72
by Sue Langford

Two provisions enabled youths to enlist in the Citizen Forces rather than undertake national service. They could enlist before their twentieth birthday and give at least one year's effective service, and were required to continue to give a further five years' service. Alternatively, they could join the Citizen Forces before the ballot for their age group and, provided they were accepted for service in the Citizen Forces, were obliged to serve for six years.

The Government soon became aware of a loophole in these provisions. If balloted out, youths were able to resign from the Citizen Forces immediately afterwards. The Government soon closed the loophole and from 8 December 1965 registrants who had enlisted in the Citizen Forces had to serve a total of six years irrespective of whether they were balloted in or out. In addition, youths who did not serve efficiently in the Citizen Forces were liable for call-up.

The following document is from the National archives web site.

As you will see from the following information, both had to register for National Service as their birthday was on 6 December 1945 and ballot they would have been in was drawn on 10 September 1965.

Birthdates drawn in the second National Service ballot: 10 September 1965

Men included in the ballot who were born in the period 1 July 1945 to 31 December 1945.

July 3, 6, 7, 8, 16, 22, 25, 26, 31

August 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26

September 2, 4, 5, 6, 14, 17, 21, 25, 26

October 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 23, 25, 29

November 3, 4, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27

December 6, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31

John enlisted in the CMF on 20 September 1965, 10 days after the ballot was drawn for two years only, and not the required six years if he was serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service if he had been called up.

Gerard enlisted in the CMF for two periods 3 September 1963 to 10 December 1964 and 6 September 1965 to 31 August 1967, notice he re-enlisted 4 days before the ballot was drawn which means he did not do the required six years in lieu of National Service if he had been called up.

The amendment for six years service was made on 8 December 1965 and had they been called up and serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service it would have been recorded in their service records as they were both in the CMF at the time of the amendment and would have had to change their time of enlistment to six years.

On the evidence provided, we will leave it up to you the reader, to decide if they had in actual fact been called up for national service.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Buckless
Christian Names: Michael Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: 10138 (False)
Service: RN and RAN (False)
Branch: Clearance Diver (False)
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

10138 Michael Joseph Buckless QGM FSM CSM MBE OBE of Kwinana Western Australia, born 14th October 1962 claims many years of service in the British and the Australian Navy.


Buckless was not an ordinary sailor, he was a Petty Officer Clearance Diver and according to him, was awarded:

Queens Gallantry Medal (QGM).
Foreign Service Medal (FSM). (This is a British Tin Commemorative medal).
Campaign Service Medal (CSM).
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Here is what this salty son of the Empire has to say about his Navy career:

He served in the British Royal Navy (RN) for thirty five years.

Quotes his RN service number as 10138.

He is a Veteran of three wars and has three war medals.

He served on Fleet Clearance Team 1 (FCTD1) in Falklands as an elite Clearance Diver.

He served in the Falklands as a Merchant Seaman

He has a bullet lodged in his back from the Vietnam War.

On his return from the Falklands war he was ostracized and jailed for 9 months.

On his return from the Falklands was awarded the QGM for rescuing his team members.

He is the last surviving member of his Clearance Diving team and refers to himself as the "last man standing".

He has worked with the Russians defusing bombs because he is the only one who knows how to do this.

He served aboard Australian Navy Ship Moresby as a Clearance Diver.

He has shrapnel in his liver and suffers from Shell Shock.

We have been able to refute most of his claims:

Quotes his RN service number as 10138.

All RN Warrant Officers (then called Fleet Chief Petty Officers) and ratings of the era in which he claims to have served (indeed right up to the present) had a six figure service number preceded by a letter indicating port division (e.g. P for Portsmouth, D for Devonport, C for Chatham) or a legacy branch designation (e.g. J for Seaman and Communication ratings) plus a random letter as a suffix. So his RN service number should appear like this "D086394B". The number he has quoted is in fact a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) number that was owned by another person and was allocated in 1945.

"He served in the Falklands as an elite Clearance Diver"

We have the names of every RN Clearance Diver who served on FCTD1 in the Falklands. There were sixteen of them and Buckless is not mentioned, nor has he ever been heard of by Clearance Divers of that era, or any other era. The story of the real Clearance Divers from the Falklands War is here: www.mcdoa.org.uk/The_Forgotten_Few_of_the_Falklands.htm )

"He has a bullet lodged in his back from the Vietnam War"

Buckless was born on 14 October 1962. All Australians had returned from Vietnam by 1972. The war ended 1975. If Buckless was serving in the RAN when he was wounded he was 10 years old. If he had somehow found himself with some other Allied force, he would have been 13 years old, when some nasty Viet Cong shot him in the back

"On his return from the Falklands was awarded the QGM for rescuing his team members"

He was not involved in the Falklands War and was never part of a Clearance Diving Team. He never rescued anyone and was never awarded a QGM.

"He is the last surviving member of his Clearance Diving team and refers to himself as the "last man standing""

See the "proof of this statement" in the photo below.


This photograph is evidence of the extent that Buckless has manufactured false evidence of his "Navy Service".

"He served aboard Australian Navy Ship Moresby as a Clearance Diver"

He has never served in the Australian Navy, he is a scurrilous scorbutic liar.

"He has shrapnel in his liver and suffers from Shell Shock".

Feigning injury from war service is as low as you can go. Buckless claims "Shell Shock" from which many ex Defence personnel suffer and is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This man has never been subjected to any war experience that could cause him "shell shock". Like many on this web site he uses this as an excuse for his disgusting behaviour. This act is a gross insult to all genuine veterans who sufferer from PTSD.

Claims to have been awarded an MBE and OBE.

Details of all recipients of these awards are promulgated in the London Gazette. Buckless is not listed. See below where he has sent an email and included his false awards after his name.


Like many criminals, Buckless is not the brightest, as an example, he has acquired two Australian medals and had his false RN Service number and name engraved around the edge.
The medals are the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal.



As part of his subterfuge, Buckless joined the Kwinana Returned and Services League (RSL). He falsely declared on his Application that he had served with the Royal Navy from April 1975 to May 1991. As previously pointed out, his birth date is October 1962, which means Buckless would have been a British "Jack Tar" at the tender age of twelve years and six months. In 1975, when he falsely claims to have joined the minimum age for entry into the RAN was 16 years.


Also we are reliably advised that Buckless gave a description of his "Blood and Guts" service to a Committee group at the Kwinana RSL when he made a "play" for the position of President. Fortunately, there was sufficient unease within the group to ensure that Buckless' Presidential aspirations were not processed.

This bloke is such a disgusting person that we have left his contact phone number on the form, for all to contact him and seek his reason for being an odious wannabe.

Buckless has created several strategies to convince people that he was an elite Clearance Diver who served with the Royal Navy including the 1982 Falkland Islands war.

Perhaps he wrongly believes, like many others, that we are unable to check credentials of overseas Defence Forces. Buckless and all of those who lie and cheat about their service can be assured that Veterans the world over are linked by an invisible chain of harmonious resonance to rid impostors, liars and frauds from the Global Veteran community.

Western Australia, beware of Buckless, he has the propensity to lie without conscience in his bid to falsely achieve Veteran status. Why not contact him and try him out?

Buckless belongs on this website.

Surname: Burchell
Christian Names: Jeremy Charles
Country: United Kingdom
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Jeremy Charles Burchell born 21 Nov 1952 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England is a fraud and a Wannabe in Australia, and most likely the same in the United Kingdom where he resides. 

Following ANZAC Day this year, commemorative photographs appeared in a Brisbane suburban newspaper, among them, was a photograph that looked too good to be true, and as the old saying goes “If it looks too good to be true it most likely is”. Here is the photograph and a close up of  Burchell's medals:





The photograph was sent to the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Association for verification in consideration of the RAR Hat Badge and Blazer that Burchell was wearing. The RAR Association was unable to identify Burchell, and “fed” the photograph into various Veterans forums where it did the rounds.  Because the photograph was taken in the Brisbane area of Logan, we contacted “friends” in that area and we had a “hit”.

The name had been spelt wrongly in the Newspaper as “Burhell” instead of “Burchell”.  With a bit of mixing and matching we were able to identify the person in the photograph and track him down to an address in Crestmead, a suburb of Brisbane. Burchell was in fact visiting Australia.

He had emigrated from the UK with his family when aged 11 years in 1963. Some time after 1976 he returned to the UK and according to the chest full of medals he wears, joined the British Army.

An ANZMI Investigator spoke to Jeremy Burchell by telephone, and Burchell told him that he had served in Vietnam with the Australian Army in 5th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). He said “he had only been there for a few months because, it was found out he was under age as his father had altered his birth certificate, and so he was sent back to Australia”. Burchell went on the say, that “after his service in the Australian Army he returned to the UK and joined the British Army and served in the Falklands, in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Iraq”.

When we spoke to Jeremy Burchell’s brother, who is a genuine Australian Infantry Corps, Vietnam Veteran, he said that Jeremy Burchell had served in Vietnam, but with an Ordnance Unit and not with an Infantry Battalion. We assume Jeremy’s brother was torn between telling the truth, or supporting his brother’s lies of service in Vietnam, he obviously chose to lie.

It you look at the photograph, you will note that Jeremy Burchell is wearing the two Australian Vietnam Medals. The Vietnam Medal has a Mention in Dispatches (MiD) Oak Leaf attached. He also wears the Australian Defence Medal together with a Military Medal (MM) (for Bravery) and a second MiD, as well as nine other medals that he claims were earned in the British Army. He appears to be wearing two Imperial General Service Medals 1962 which is strange because you only ever get one, then are issued clasps for each campaign

Burchell said he had earned the MM in Iraq. Bravery Medals are listed in the London Gazette. As yet we have been unable to find the Gazetting of  Burchell’s  MM

The real military history of Jeremy Charles Burchell

Jeremy Charles Burchell did serve in the Australian Regular Army, but his service was very short and less than auspicious. In fact he was a complete dud. Here is his real military history:

Enlisted in the Australian Regular Army for a period of six years - 10 Dec 1968.

Completed Recruit Training, transferred to Infantry Training Centre as a Trainee – 25 Feb 1969.

Absented himself without leave (AWOL) – 23 March 1969.

Surrendered – 29 April 1969

Court Martial, found guilty, and sentenced to fourteen days detention – 6 May 1969.

After release from detention, found guilty of numerous other military offences, including improper possession of another soldiers radio, fined $40 and sentenced to further three days detention – 8 Jul 1969

Discharged as being “Unsuited to be a soldier” on 11 Jul 1969.

Applied to re-enlist into the Army and was rejected on 13 May 1976.

Below is his Record of Service from his official file followed by his re-enlistment rejection




It is believed that Burchell was in fact underage and falsified documents to enlist. Immigration files located at the Australian National Archives, Canberra show the arrival in Australia of Burchell as an eleven year old child, with his parents and four Siblings on the Passenger ship Orion that departed the UK on the 28 Feb 1963. On that document, Jeremy Burchell is clearly shown as being born on 21 November 1952, which means he had just turned Sixteen years when he enlisted into the Australian Regular Army and his Birth Certificate had been falsified.

Here is the extract from the family’s entry to Australia, showing Jeremy Charles Burchell true date of birth.


BURCHELL Charles Frederick born 5 September 1924; Kathleen Blanch (nee Hook) born 25 October 1922; xxxxxx xxxxxx born 14 January 1946; xxxxx xxxxx born 29 September 1947; xxxx xxxxx born 7 June 1949; Jeremy Charles born 21 November 1952;  xxxxx xxxxxx born 19 June 1954; travelled per ORION departing UK on 28 February 1963 under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme

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1962 - 1963



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On 25 April 2010, Jeremy Burchell chose to pretend that he was an Australian War Veteran, who had served in Vietnam by wearing medals he had not earned, and by participating as a “Veteran” in ANZAC Day commemorative services. At this stage, we do not know whether the nine British Medals he is wearing including an MM and two MiDs are legitimate.  We are in the process of finding out, and will add an update to this entry when all the evidence is in and evaluated.

Irrespective of his British service (if any) Burchell is a liar and a Wannabe for wearing Vietnam Medals, the hat badge and Blazer of the Royal Australian Regiment. (He was never posted to an Infantry Battalion). In addition he is wearing the tie of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA)

Alert Veterans are spread North, South, East and West across Australia, and are now more aware than ever about the thieves of honour who pretend to be part of the magnificent heritage forged by Australian and New Zealand men and woman who served Australia in military conflicts  since the participation of  colonial soldiers in the Crimea.

Veterans will not tolerate frauds and Wannabes. Because State and Federal law enforcement agencies will not charge offenders their only recourse is to name and shame Wannabes on this web site.

Wannabes beware, for you will be reported, and you will appear on this web site so that your true military history is properly recorded for your family, friends and the world to read.


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Burgess
Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

Squadron Leader John Burgess ED "KM" - ex Service Organization President.
Squadron Leader John Burgess ED, is the President of South East Queensland Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association (APPVA) and the Bray Park – Strathpine Returned Services League (RSL), Sub Branch.

 Burgess is another example of the disdain shown for Honours and Awards protocol by the leaders of the APPVA.


On official commemorative occasions Burgess wears the neck badge of the Order of Knights of Malta and also uses the post nominal “KM” in relation to his ex Service Organization duties.  The order of the "Knights of Malta" has as much relevance to the Australian Defence Force as a Mickey Mouse badge. It is not on the Governor General’s list of Foreign awards that may be worn with Defence Medals nor is the post nominal “KM” approved to be used.
See below a close up, of what Burgess was wearing when leading an APPVA contingent during an ANZAC Day commemorative occasion.


Below are documents showing where Burgess has used the post nominal “KM”

Bray Park – Strathpine RSL

Whilst the APPVA does not know any better, and does not care. Veterans from the Bray Park – Strathpine RSL surely should know better, but then again, tackling the President, who is a retired Squadron Leader, and a Knight of the realm of Malta about his recalcitrant behaviour may be a bit daunting for most.
Be assured ANZMI does not “hunt” cheats and wannabes, and is not “targeting” APPVA; all of our cases come from the general public and it is apparent that the general public are now realizing what could happen in the Veteran community if the APPVA  continue their “anything goes” attitude.
We suggest to Burgess that he removes the dazzling “Knight of Malta” neck device and wears it only to functions within the Knights of Malta organization and that he deletes all reference to the post nominal “KM”.
As a retired senior ex service officer and as the President of two prestigious ex Service Organizations, it behooves Burgess to do the right thing, rather than sating his desire to be seen as a Knight of the Realm of a self serving private organization.  Accoutrements of those anointed as Knights of Malta have no place mixed with Defence medals on commemorative occasions.
Burgess is embarrassing himself and embarrassing Australian Veterans, hence he deserves his place on this web site

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Burnett
Christian Names: Alan George
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Burnett with his dazzling display of combat decorations. Remember, this man is now clean-shaven and bald

Alan George Burnett is unique in the annals of CPMH team investigations. He not only rates a mention on these pages but is also listed on the US Phony Veterans site along with another fake American serviceman (St Ives) after a joint investigation on both sides of the Pacific.

Alan George Burnett was born in England and emigrated to Australia with his family as a small child. His family took up residence in Queensland and that basically is where he has spent the majority of his life until now. He is currently on the run and may be in Melbourne. He is, or at least was, a short balding fat man with a beard. Since being exposed he is now clean shaven with a shaved head who now really does have bad dreams about the veterans who haunt him.


 Burnett's major claim to fame is that he was the "lone survivor" of one of America's most famous battles in the Viet Nam war, The battle of Hamburger Hill. 

He can sit in a pub or club and between crying sessions, with you buying his beer, and can tell you the harrowing minute-by-minute the true account of this battle..... but he can't tell you the name of his division or battalion commander. These are the only facts omitted from the story of Hamburger Hill that are produced in an American magazine readily available in any newsagency. 

He will tell you about the nights where he is woken from his dreams of battle to see his whole platoon, killed to the man, standing at his bedside asking him why he survived and they died. He will recite for you a very impressive service record where he saw action in 5 major battle areas in Viet Nam and an even more impressive list of battle honours where he received the following:

  • Three Purple Hearts,

  • The Silver Star, 

  • The Bronze Star, 

  • The Republic of Viet Nam Civil Action medal,

  • The republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry.

  • The US Infantry Combat Badge and 

  • Three Presidential Unit Citations. 

Not a bad list of awards for a man that has never worn the uniform of any country. His ability to lie to ex-service organisations shows that he spent a lot of time and effort creating his story, but was it worth it in the long run? Initially, because he was using US service details and war exploits, his story was believed and he became a founding member of the VVAA (Viet Nam Veterans Association of Australia) in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, Queensland. 

At one time, it was not easy to verify US Service records, unless you contacted a CPMH investigation team or know the exact area to approach in the United States. These days, processes are much faster and simpler. Burnett even rose through the ranks to hold an executive position on the committee, until the colour of his war stories began to turn black on him.

Burnett joined the 173rd Airborne Association in Queensland, an Australian branch of this famous American unit association and his stories of bravery, although unique, appeared genuine to some of the members until they started to question some of his wounds that did not bear scars. He claims to have been wounded in the back from a RPG (Rocket-propelled Grenade). This wound causes him unbearable pain, but miraculously there are no visible scars. This is also the case with his numerous bullet wounds. Suspicions aroused, the 173rd contacted their counterparts in the US and no records could be found for the service number he produced. Challenged, he decided to change it and try again. Not only did he change his service number but he also changed his date and year of birth and where he thought he was born in the USA. Naturally none of this panned out as he was born in England. 

Burnett further compounds his errors by getting married here in Australia. Wife number one decided she had more than enough of the deceit, and leaves. Burnett tries again with wife number two. Failure again. Using his well-crafted skills in fiction, screaming poor and in need of help, he gets a third wife who takes pity on the "veteran" but quickly she becomes suspicious of his war stories and lies and the relationship ends. Further investigation appears to show that he has never sought a divorce from his previous wives before he takes the matrimonial steps again. Burnett now single, resides in a cabin in a Brisbane northern suburbs caravan park where he still continues to tell his fictitious war stories to anyone who will take pity on him and buy him a beer. He  claims PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) through a Psychiatrist. There are alleged tales of a huge payout from an insurance company for this complaint. 

At this time, CPMH is contacted and becomes aware of Burnett's details. A check of his service details through the US confirms he is a fraud. A Current Affair (a Nine Network program which has worked with CPMH before) is contacted and a plan is put into place to visit and expose him at his cabin. Unfortunately, through the investigation period by CPMH, Burnett got wind he was about to be exposed on national TV and very quickly told his close neighbours that he had been advised by the Department of Veterans Affairs that he had to move to a Veterans' Invalid Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania, for specialised treatment on his back injury (remember the RPG wound). ACA and a CPMH team leader went to his cabin and were advised that they had missed him by half a day. He had vanished into thin air. 

A check by CPMH with Veterans Affairs confirmed his story was a lie. A check of the veterans' rehabilitation hospital in Hobart also confirmed he had lied about this location. Alan George Burnett is still on the run. He has been reported as living in the Hervey Bay area of Queensland. The team checked but he could not be found in this location. He contacted a person he thought was still his friend in NSW for help. The friend immediately contacted CPMH and advised that he was heading for the Victorian capital, Melbourne.

CPMH have since been advised that he has applied for a loan through a major credit union in this location. The team is currently looking for his place of residence in the southern city. A Current Affair still want to interview this war hero and we have been asked to advise the Federal Police and the Insurance Company of his whereabouts.

This investigation continues on foot.


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Burrows
Christian Names: Benjamin Joshua
Country: Australia
State or Province: Not Known
City or Town: Not Known
Service #: 3809643 PMKeys 8226707
Service: Army
Branch: RAInf & RAAOC
Commencement of service: 30 Jan 96
Completion of service: 27 Jun 08
Case Notes:




Benjamin Joshua Burrows was obviously dissatisfied with his mundane military service.  For most people it would have been a worthwhile and interesting experience, but after discharge Burrows daydreamed of a more robust military experience, and  then converted the daydreams to verbal adventures, that made him a Special Forces hero.

We have Statutory Declarations detailing what he has said about  his military history. Here is a synopsis:

"He spent most of his military career as a Special Forces operator and was deployed overseas every year. He injured his back in a parachute accident whilst on an overseas deployment.  He was lodged in a tree for two days before being rescued.. 

During another of his deployments he was  wounded in the stomach by a mortar fragment  resulting in evacuation to, and treatment in a Hospital in Germany.

Following this accumulated grievous damage to his body he transferred from Special Forces and became a Physical Training Instructor".

Here is what he has told people about where he served in the Army.

1 Recruit Training Battalion - awarded Crossed rifles for marksmanship

5/7 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment  (18 months then to Special Forces on recommendation of Regimental Sergeant Major)

Special Air Service Regiment

2 Commando Regiment

4 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando)

Incident Response Regiment

Schoolof Artillery(Physical Training Instructor) (PTI)

22 Construction Regiment (PTI)


Burrows has an "official" Defence document to support his Military History and here it is:

It is desired to advised that the document  is the strangest Statement of Service that we have seen,  in fact it is a ridiculous forgery, obviously designed and executed by Burrows. He is known to have  used it as part of his Resume to seek work.

Notice that his Statement of Service shows that he was a Sergeant and mirrors his many years of dreamed up  "hard slogging" with Special Forces units.  Also of note is that his "Awards" have been marked as "Classified".

Here is the truth of Burrow's Military History.

All of his service was in Australia.

Joined Army January 1996 and did Recruit Training

Posted to Royal Australian Infantry Corp for further training until late April 1996.

Posted as Private Soldier to 5/7 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment where he served until February 1998.

Posted to School of Artillery until September 1999

Transferred to Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp where he served until 2001

Attained rank of Corporal January 2001

Transferred to Army Reserve until 2008 when he was discharged.

His actual service was nothing like that listed on the fake Statement of Service or the verbal description given by Burrows.

Burrows has massively exaggerated his military history for whatever reason wannabes do such things. He lied to his loved ones, his friends and submitted lies as part of a Resume to gain employment in Government Contracted operation relating to immigration.

From now on whenever Burrows name is entered into a computer Search Engine details of this exposure will be shown.  We have been exposing frauds liars and wannabes in the Veteran and ex Service community for twenty years, those who were exposed twenty years ago are still on this site as will Burrows be in twenty years time.

Those who choose to steal the honour of  the Veteran and Ex Servicemen and Women  will be caught and exposed on this web site without fear or favour as is Benjamin Joshua Burrows.

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