Esperance war veteran Tom Starcevich featured in Victoria Cross Portrait Exhibition

The local RSL hosted a Victoria Cross Portrait Exhibition this week, featuring Esperance’s own Tom Starvevich, in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

Leslie Thomas Starcevich, from Grass Patch, received the award as member of the 2/43rd Battalion, during the Borneo campaign of the Second World War.

Local ex-serviceman Stan Starcevich said he was proud to see his brother featured in the travelling exhibit.

“As far as Tom was concerned, he didn’t think it was a big deal, he just thought he was doing the job he was supposed to be doing,” he said.

“There’s not too many VCs around so it’s a fairly big deal when you think about it.

“They’re all heroes, Tom is no different except that he’s local, I suppose.

“You need people like them to stand up now and again. When you get in a tight spot you hope somebody will do something.”

Seven of the eight Starcevich brothers were in the Defence Force, including Stan who Starcevich is spent six years in the army and served in the Korean War.

Mr Starcevich said Tom signed up to serve in World War II shortly after their brother Joe, around 1940.

The exhibition was held from November 5-7 and gave locals the chance to learn about some of Australia's most highly honoured service personnel.

A Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Esperance War Memorial Park from 11am-12.30pm on November 11, followed by a BBQ lunch.