1 December 1942

The carnage continues at Gona as the Diggers launch a dawn bayonet attack, led by men of the 2/27th and 2/16th Battalions. Despite a furious return of fire from the Japanese bunkers, which cuts down many of the first wave of the attackers, a group of 2/16th men, led by Capt John O’Neill, breaks through the Jap front lines and charges through to the centre of their position.

But without support, they find themselves isolated and surrounded, and have to fight their way back out through the overwhelming enemy forces. O’Neill is mortally wounded and only a handful of his men survive.

On the day, 47 Diggers die, taking the total dead for the campaign past 800. Capt John O’Neill will die of his wounds on December 4.