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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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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: BURNS
Christian Names: Luke
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Ballarat
Service: Army Reserve
Case Notes:



Luke Burns of Ballarat Victoria, is a pathological liar, who can "spruik" false evidence to all and sundry about his fantastic Special Forces Army service.

Burns L1Burns L2

Notice that Luke wears a Commando "T" shirt and a bold rising sun tattoo on his breast, to convince the naive, that he is a hardened veteran of the Special Forces genre

We hold Statutory Declarations, detailing that Burns has made the following statements.

"He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team, that was commanded by an SASR, Victoria Cross (VC) winner". Burns is now roaming free from the Army, as, "his SASR team is under investigation for alleged war crimes."

He also claims, "he did three tours of Afghanistan and got shot twice". One of his favourite stories is: "They were under fire, and he blacked out through anger/adrenalin, didn't feel getting shot in the leg, and managed to get one of his mates to safety before collapsing".

In reality the only military service that Burns has had, is in the Australian Army Reserve, and he has never been deployed overseas.

Luke Burns who also uses the Christian name of "Luc" and has a face book account advertising his fanciful military service, as per below:

Burns L3

Burns, at every opportunity, tells of his being a Special Forces Trooper, who served tours of duty in Afghanistan. In fact, he is liar, with no overseas Defence Service, and the most dangerous military action he has seen, is at an Army Reserve Military Rifle Range in Townsville Australia.

SASR Troopers, who have served in Afghanistan have done the very hard yards. Burns, with his tattoos, T shirts, and lies, has saved himself the trouble of actually being there, and just basks in the admiration from those who believe his lies.

For his past "basking" he is now welcome to the precipitous slopes of Mount ANZMI, where he can "bask" in shame, whilst receiving the ire of Australian and New Zealand Veterans.

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.

Surname: Burzacott
Christian Names: Graham Ross
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Adelaide
Service: Airforce
Branch: General
Commencement of service: 12 Jul 1952
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:




Graham Ross Burzacott was born about 1934. In July, 1952, at 18 years of age, he commenced compulsory National Service Training in the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF). He served for 176 days full time RAAF service at Ballarat in Victoria as part of his training. Below is his National Service record.

In the photographs below, Burzacott wears four medals and ribands.

He wears -;

1. The Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. The National Service Medal. Entitled.
3. The unofficial Queens Golden Jubilee Medal . Not entitled. Tin purchased commemorative medal.
4. National Service tin purchased unofficial medal.

Burzacott is another example of a member of the Australian National Servicemen's Association adding tin unofficial medals to his two genuinely awarded medals.

He served his time, he completed his required duty as did hundreds of thousands of other National Servicemen. He should be satisfied with that. There is no need to purchase tin medals and add them to your genuinely awarded medals. Doesn't make sense.

We mentioned in a previous write up of John Bauerle, another former National Serviceman, who wore three unofficial purchased medal ribands on his National Serviceman's Jacket at an official ceremony. He is the President of the Albury-Wodonga National Servicemen's Association and has been for 17 years.

The National Servicemen's Association of Australia have to get their act in order and discipline their members for ignoring long established medals protocols, in order to maintain respect and dignity within the Australian Defence Force and Veteran community.

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