After three days hard walking up the Track, Capt Sam Templeton's young Diggers are exhausted. He lets them rest for the day at Nauro. One soldier, the oldest in the group, a WWI veteran aged 48, with a son in the company is already showing signs of dysentery.
He has been trying to keep up with the others and has hidden his illness. Medic Jack Wilkinson suggest they leave him behind to allow him to recover and catch them up in a few days.