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Ian Hamilton Burrows

  • Service number
    34196 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Buzz AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960 AWMM
    • Borneo Confrontation, 1963-1966 AWMM


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    Burrows AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Buzz AWMM
  • Service number
    34196 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    11 November 1930 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960 AWMM
    • Borneo Confrontation, 1963-1966 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    34196 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Graduated from Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1953, and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. AWMM
    • 1953-1955 Burnham Military Camp AWMM
      Instructor, Compulsory Military Trainees, Infantry AWMM
    • 1957 Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand AWMM
      Instructor, School of Infantry, AWMM
    • Aide de Camp to Governor General, Lord Cobham AWMM
    • Adjutant, Nelson Marlborough West Coast Regiment AWMM
    • Commanded, NZSAS Squadron at Papakura, New Zealand (1965-) AWMM
    • Staff appointments, Wellington as Lieutenant Colonel, including reconnaissance for deployment of combat troops in Vietnam AWMM
    • Defence Liaison Officer, Kuala Lumpur (1970-1973) AWMM
    • 1973 Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand AWMM
      Commandant, Army Schools AWMM
    • 1977 Burnham Military Camp AWMM
      Colonel, command, 3rd Task Force Region AWMM
    • Brigadier, Commander of Land Forces New Zealand, Auckland,New Zealand (1981-1983) AWMM
    • Commander New Zealand Forces South East Asia, Singapore (1983-1985) AWMM
    • Commander of Land Forces New Zealand (1985) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Director, Army Training (1975) AWMM

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) (Military) AWMM
      MC. He was instrumental in an action which lead to the death of Malaysian Communist leader Li Hak Chi. In addition to Military Awards mentioned above, he received the Negri Sembilan Conspicuous Gallantry Medal from Malaysia in 1957 for this action. AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • General Service Medal 1918-62 (Malaya clasp) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (1950-1953) AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force Command and Staff College, Whenuapai, New Zealand 1965-) AWMM
    • Joint Services Staff College, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia (1975) AWMM
  • Enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Brigadier James Thomas (Gentleman Jim) Burrows (7146), noted WWII veteran

    Husband of Judy Jenkinson since 1959, and later Elsie Hamilton Wilson

    His son also became a soldier and served with the SAS

    Attended Waitaki Boys High School, Oamaru, New Zealand

    Colonel Commandant of the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS), 1987-1997

    Chairman of Rothmans Sports Foundation from 1987

    President, Outward Bound Trust 1991, and Councilor, 1987-1998

    A noted sportsman with achievements in rugby, cricket, tennis, boxing and golf

    A fine portrait artist, completing over 100 portraits, which have been seen in exhibition.

    Service held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, New Zealand AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    75 AWMM
  • Date of death
    22 July 2006 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Northern Division Single Berm Section 1 Block C Row E Plot 11 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 14 July 2006

    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 25 July 2006 AWMM

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