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

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