05 September 1918
||Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Subiaco
17 November 1989
||Australia: Western Australia, Carnamah
|Service number: ||WX11519 - Second World War, 1939-1945|
||2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
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.