29 November 1942

A disastrous day for the Australians attacking at Gona as the 2/14th Battalion and 2/27th take the brunt of the casualties in vicious close-quarter fighting along the beach area.

Under orders from HQ to start the attacks, even before the arrival all the 21st Brigade battalions, the Diggers are forced to expose themselves to fire from hidden Japanese bunkers as they assault them. Enemy machine gunners take a heavy toll on the attackers with 37 Diggers killed in action on the day and many more wounded.

Among the dead is the 2/14th’s beloved Capt Maurice ‘Mocca” Treacy, one of the heroes of the battalion’s Middle East and Papuan campaigns.