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Victor James STARR

Regimental number4241
Place of birthAlexandria, New South Wales
SchoolAlexandria Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
Address23 Lyne Street, Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J Starr, 23 Lyne Street, Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed (as Sergeant) for 4.5 years in the 34th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 February 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row H, Grave No. 3), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jacob and Lucy STARR, 23 Lyne Lane, Alexandria, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: Corporal
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Now, 28 July 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2610209: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3291 Pte G.N. ELSEY, 54th Bn (patient, No 10 General Hospital, Rouen), 18 January 1917: '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 Batt.'

Second statement, 755 Pte J.B. FORD, 54th Bn, 24 January 1917: 'He was hit by a shrapnel out in the open at Fromelles and poisoning set in in his wound and he died in hospital.'

Third statement, 3517 Lance Corporal R.C. DAVIE, D Company, 54th Bn, 19 May 1917: 'I knew Starr well ... His initial was J. and he gave me his address as 23 Lyne St., 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 brough and gave to his mother.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STARR Victor James
Red Cross file 2610209

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