Biography

Birth date: 05 September 1918
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Subiaco
Death date: 17 November 1989
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Carnamah
Final rank: Private
Service number: WX11519 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

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Date of birth 1918-09-05
Date of honour or award 1945-05-29 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 1989-11-17