- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Paneel: Bay 7 stone M
Private Patrick James Starr served with the 6th Battalion AIF (part of the 1st Division, 2nd Brigade). The former clerck enlisted on the 2nd August 1915 in Melbourne, VIC, age 20. In October 1915 he sailed from Australia to Egypt and served at the Western Front together with 3 of his brothers: Michael Francis, Philip Henry and John Robert. They were the sons of Mary Starr and the late Michael Starr from Healsville, Victoria.
During the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele, on October 4th, 1917, the 2nd Brigade advanced through the marsh and tree stumps of Romulus and Remus Woods, north of Molenaarelsthoek. The 8th Battalion came under fire from four 77 mm guns in a position on the Becelaere-Broodseinde road. An officer and a few men attacked and captured the guns.
The 6th and 7th Battalions took over the attack. The 6th lost direction and crowded the 7th. However, they maintained touch with both flanks. Both Battalions came under heavy fire from Retaliation Farm and also a large crater used as a German headquarters and a strongpoint. This was taken by the 6th Battalion. They carried on the advance and came under fire from the distant Keibergposition.
The objective was consolidated and posts were established 75 yards in front of the Blue Line. No counter-attacks were launched, but the Germans were seen massing at 12 noon at Dame House and Celtic Wood, at 1 p.m and 02.30 p.m. at Flint Farm and twice near Keiberg. Artillery fire dispersed the Germans.
Private Patrick James Starr, age 22, was reported killed in action during the Australian attacks in what was called the Battle of Broodseinde.
Lt. Col. F.T. Ulrich, Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion A.I.F. marked: „While waiting for the attack on the morning of the 4th Oct.17 No. 3465 Pte P.J. Starr, 6th Bn. the Germans put down a heavy barrage, and during the barrage, Pte Starr was hit by a shell and piece passing through his head, killing him instantaneously. His burial is not known.“
Having no grave his name is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium, Bay 7, stone M. His older brother Michael Francis Starr was killed the same day. He too is remembered on the
Menin Gate Memorial. The two other brothers Philip Henry and John Robert returned safely to Australia.
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