John Burgin was born in England and arrived in New Zealand in 1909 to be Vicar at St Stephens Anglican Church in Ashburton. In 1915 he was appointed Anglican Chaplain-Captain to the 3rd and 4th battalions of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
He saw action at the Somme and was admitted to the 1st New Zealand Hospital Brochenhurst with ill health caused by gassing. He returned to New Zealand in May 1917 and was discharged into the NZ Chaplain’s department. In 1919 he became the Vicar at St Peters Church in Onehunga. He died in 1920 aged 51.
Died 02 Dec 1920
Block A, Row 28, Plot 006