25 July 1942

Sam Templeton’s Diggers now at Gorari, about 20km from Kokoda. Their CO Lt Col Bill Owen meets them there at 2am.

Around noon the Diggers ambush the Japanese advance troops, killing 15 of them, before withdrawing to Oivi.

Owen signals to Moresby saying he needs more troops urgently by air to Kokoda otherwise there will be no defenders between him at oivi and the rest of his battalion, now three days out of Owers' Corner and making their way up the Track.