23 October 1942

The Battle for Eora Creek is in full swing with both sides taking heavy casualties. The Australians lose 26 killed on the day, including three missing presumed dead. All bar three are from the NSW-based 2/1st Battalion.

The Japanese defenders chose their position well, building their ‘forest fort’ around the only fresh water source on the high ridge. Consequently the Australians are forced to catch rainwater in their capes and from tree roots.

Each time Australian patrols contact the Jap defences, scouts are killed, the positions are taken but during the night when the Diggers have to withdraw, the Japs re-establish their defences.