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William George Albert Burgess

Group WW2, brothers, Richard Henry Burgess (14870) (left standing on step) and William George Albert Burgess (14858) at their army hut door at Burnham Camp in 1940 just prior to their departure for the Middle East. William was killed at Sidi Rezegh November 1941. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group WW2, brothers, Richard Henry Burgess (14870) (left standing on step) and William George Albert …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Burgess AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    14858 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1919 Public - Deborah - Other relative - 31 August 2022 - New Zealand government
    Registration number:1919/12874
    Family Name:Burgess
    Given names:William George Albert
    Mothers name: Margaret Fanny
    Fathers name: Richard Duncan Stewart
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Blackford, Mt Hutt, Rakaia, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Margaret Fanny Burgess (mother), Springburn, via Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    14858 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Burgess was the son of Richard D.S. Burgess and Margaret Fanny Burgess of Springburn, Canterbury. William was brought up in Staveley, mid-Canterbury.

    Transcript of a letter written home in 1941: "Well old girl both Dick and I went over in Greece start to finish and did we see some war? Dick 0.K., I a broken ankle. Some places just a blaze of red with Flanders poppies. One night a crowd of us ran into a big brown bear. We all gave him the works with rifles, tommy guns, and Bren guns ...he got away. Greece has the world's best dressed men and world's best looking girls. NZ newspapers on the Greek show -- for sheer bulldust they take the scone. A chap is reading bits out and the roars of laughter speak for themselves."

    The telegram marked Urgent from Wellington December 7 1941: "Deeply regret to inform you that your son 14858 Pte William George Burgess has been reported killed in action November 27. The Prime Minister desires me to convey to you on behalf of the Government deepest sympathy in your loss. F. Jones, Minister of Defence"

    Two sons, brothers Richard Henry Burgess (14870)] and William George Albert Burgess (14858) served in WW2. William was killed.

    Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Sidi RezeghWestern Desert AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya AWMM Plot 14, Row F, Grave 25 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 65 AWMM
    • RSA review: the official journal of the N.Z. Returned Services' Association AWMM
      Review. December 1980, p.15. AWMM
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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31 August 2022DeborahChelmsford, OntarioOther relative

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