Leslie Starcevich V.C.Print Page
A plaque commemorates Private Leslie Thomas Starcevich who grew up and lived in Grass Patch, and who 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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||28-June-1945|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1945|
A Mallee tribute to Leslie Thomas Starcevich, V.C. "B" Company 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion. 1918 - 1989