Victor James STARR

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STARR, Victor James

Service Number: 4241
Enlisted: 20 August 1915, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia, 30 January 1894
Home Town: Alexandria, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Alexandria Public School
Occupation: Shop assistant
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys
Plot 1, Row H, Grave 3
Memorials: Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd. Pictorial HR, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
20 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4241, 54th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

"4241 Lance Corporal Victor James Starr, 54th Battalion, of Alexandria, NSW. LCpl Starr enlisted on 20 February 1915 and was killed in action, at Fromelles on 19 July 1916... His brother, 1767 Trooper Walter Starr, 7th Australian Light Horse, of Tooloom, NSW, died of wounds on 14 August 1916 and is buried at Port Said, Egypt." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Son of Jacob and Lucy Starr of 23 Lyne Lane, Alexandria, NSW

Statement form eyewitnesses:-

18 January 1917 - Pte G.N. Elsey, of 54th Battalion (patient in No 10 General Hospital, Rouen):- 'He was in D Co. At Fromelles he was wounded by a poisoned bullet. He was sent to England where he died. Men who have returned from leave reported this to the Battalion.

24 January 1917 -  Second statement - Pte J.B. Ford of 54 Battalion. He was hit by a shrapnel out in the open at Fromelles and poisoning set in in his wound and he died in hospital.

19 May 1917 - Third statement - Lance Corporal R.C. Davie of  D Company, 54 Battalion. 'I knew Starr well ... His initial was J. and he gave me his address as 23 Lyne Street, Alexandria, Sydney, half an hour before we went over the top at Fleurbaix. He was slightly wounded in the thigh I think, as we went from the reserve to the front line trench. Starr's pal, Shute, had his finger blown off. Shute therefore went back to the Dressing Station, but Starr carried on, and I saw him in the front line trench. but not after the attack. I met Shute at Weymouth some months afterwards. He was about to return to France, and as he knew I was returning to Australia, he gave me an old Disc belonging to Starr, which had been found at Estaires by a stranger to both of them, which I brought and gave to his mother.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served for 4.5 years in the 34 Infantry Battalion with the Citizen Military Forces with the rank of Sergeant

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