SINCLAIR-BURGESS, William Livingstone Hatchwell
(Service number )

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

Enlistment Information

Date 18 August 1914 Age 34
Address at Enlistment Headquarters CMF, Anglesea Barracks, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation New Zealand Army
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Reverend G. Burgess (father), Whitaki, Auckland
Religion Protestant
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 9th Battery
Date 20 October 1914
Transport HMAT A2
Embarked From Hobart, Tasmania Destination
Other Units Served With 3rd F A B 9th Battalion (Australian)
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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)

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Researched and Written by

Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Mark Cameron "WHL Burgess trans-Tasman gunner", 2014

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