Australian soldier’s bravery in Sabah forever remembered

KOTA KINABALU: The white slab at the end of a stone pathway stands a little over one metre tall, yet the epitaph speaks volumes of the courage of one Private Leslie Thomas Starcevich.

In June of 1945, Starcevich and the rest of his company, the 2/43rd Battalion arrived in Mempakul having recaptured Labuan earlier in the week. There, they discovered that the Japanese had established a base near Beaufort, about 65km away.

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