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The plaque commemorates Private Leslie Thomas Starcevich who grew up and lived in Grass Patch. He was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during World War Two..

Leslie Starcevich was a section Bren gunner and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the fighting in June 1945 during World War Two. When his section came under fire from two Japanese machine-gun posts, Starcevitch went forward and attacked each post in turn, killing the occupants or forcing them to retreat. The Australian attack continued until they came under fire from another two machine-gun posts. “Firing his Bren from the hip”, Starcevich again went forward and single-handedly captured both posts.


Address:Mallee Memorial Park, Mallee War Memorial, Grass Patch, 6446
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.228112
Long: 121.716278
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:28-June-1945
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1945


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A Mallee tribute to Leslie Thomas Starcevich, V.C.

`B` Company 2 / 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion.

1918 - 1989

Source: MA
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