SINCLAIR-BURGESS, William Livingstone Hatchwell
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|Aliases||Born William Livingstone Hatchwell Sinclair, but took his step-father's name "Burgess", then to "Sincalir-Burgess" in 1921|
|First Rank||Major||Last Rank||Colonel (Australian Imperial Force, 4th Division )|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth|
|Date||18 August 1914||Age||34|
|Address at Enlistment||Headquarters CMF, Anglesea Barracks, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia|
|Occupation||New Zealand Army|
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|Next of Kin||Reverend G. Burgess (father), Whitaki, Auckland|
|Served with||Australian Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Australian Imperial Force (AIF)|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 9th Battery|
|Date||20 October 1914|
|Embarked From||Hobart, Tasmania||Destination|
|Other Units Served With||3rd F A B 9th Battalion (Australian)|
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Born William Livingstone Hatchwell Sinclair, William took his step-father's name "Burgess" after his mother remarried and, then in 1921 on his marriage changed to "Sincalir-Burgess".
William served with the Mounted Rifles in Timaru at the turn of the century, but soon after moved to Auckland and there joined the New Zealand Regiment of Field Artillery Volunteers. He went on to be seconded to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) which he joined at the outbreak of war. He returned to New ZEaland after the war where he continued serving with the New Zealand Army, ultimately becoming General Officer Commanding and Chief of General Staff, New Zealand Military Forces.
See the biography by Mark Cameron attached to this record for a more detailed account of Sinclair-Burgess' career.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (6 March 2015)
Researched and Written by
Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Mark Cameron "WHL Burgess trans-Tasman gunner", 2014
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