A captured Japanese diary reveals the heavy casualties they have suffered to date in the campaign. Lt Horibe wrote in his notebook that his company had landed with 162 men. By Isurava they were reduced to 112 men and were down to 88 at Ioribaiwa. By the time they had withdrawn to Eora Creek they could only muster 43 men.
They were now surviving on a handful of rice per man per day as they dug in on the high ground above Eora Creek village and waited for the advancing Australians.