17 October 1942

Near modern day Templeton’s Crossing No 2, Sgt Bede Tongs 3rd Battalion takes command of his platoon after his officer Lt Colin Richardson is badly wounded. He evacuates Richardson then deploys his platoon to attack Jap machine gun positions.

Tongs crawls down a fire lane close to Jap machine gunners, takes a grenade, pulls out the pin waits two seconds then tosses the grenade into the pit, silencing them. He will later be awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry.

After a harrowing evacuation and many operations in which he has a lung removed, Lt Colin Richardson survives and recovers. He and Bede Tongs are both hale and hearty and in their early 90s.