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:
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”.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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
real military history of Jeremy Charles Burchell
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
Applied to re-enlist into the Army and was rejected on
13 May 1976.
is his Record of Service from his official file followed
by his re-enlistment rejection
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
is the extract from the family’s entry to Australia,
showing Jeremy Charles Burchell true date of birth.
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
Contents date range
BURCHELL C F
1962 - 1963
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)
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