Private Leslie Thomas Starcevich

Service number WX11519
Birth Date 1918-09-05
Birth Place Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Subiaco
Death Date 1989-11-17
Death Place Australia: Western Australia, Carnamah
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Army
Unit 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1945-11-08
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1945-11-15

Tom Starcevich (1918-1989) was a quietly-spoken Western Australian veteran of the fighting in Egypt - he was wounded at Tel el Eisa in July 1942 - and New Guinea before gaining the Victoria Cross in North Borneo. In the capture of Beaufort he attacked Japanese machine-gun positions, fearlessly firing his Bren gun from the hip. "The outstanding gallantry of Private Starcevich in carrying out these attacks single-handed with complete disregard of his own safety resulted in the decisive success of the action." Turning to farming and grazing after the war, Starcevich also served for a time in his local Citizen Military Forces unit.


  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards:

    2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    London Gazette
    08 November 1945 on page 5431 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    15 November 1945 on page 2459 at position 2


Date of birth 05 September 1918
Date of honour or award 29 May 1945 Awared Victoria Cross for action at Beaufort, British North Borneo whilst serving with 2/43 Battalion, 24 Brigade, 9 Division as a Private
Date of death 17 November 1989