24 June 1942

Gen Morris at Moresby creates ‘Maroubra Force’ by combining 39th Militia Bn with the Papuan Infantry Bn and some supply and medical units.

Capt Sam Templeton’s B Company 39th prepares to leave for Kokoda. The troops are told it is a 'secret mission'. HQ estimates it will take 5 days march “over difficult country”. The medical officer examines each of the troops and replaces unfit men with volunteers from other companies.

Some Militia troops are reportedly upset that they are being pressured to volunteer for the AIF. Most are under 21 so they would need to send away for their parents' consent.