Private Thomas Leslie Starcevich enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in April 1941. In December 1941 he joined the 2/43rd Battalion, 24th Brigade, 9th Division in Palestine.
Thomas L. Starcevich was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery, and on 28th August 1947, he received his Victoria Cross medal at Western Australia, where he eventually returned to farming.
After the War, the road where the action took place was named Victoria Cross Road by the local townsfolk, and a memorial stone was erected along with it. The inscription on it reads, ‘In June 1945, on this hill, by his valour and disregard of danger, Private L.T Starcevich of 2/43rd Battalion A.I.F (Australian Imperial Forces), routed the Japanese defenders.’
Visitors to Beaufort town can visit the Starcevich Memorial Monument located at Jalan Tugu, within walking distance from the Beaufort railway station.