29 September 1942

Back at base, troops of 2/14th are delighted to hear reports that Capt ‘Ben’ Buckler had reached the American lines at Dorobasolo with his party of 37 men but are concerned to hear that he had to leave eight wounded behind and wanted to send a party to find them.

Buckler’s mob had been adrift in the jungle fighting to avoid Jap patrols and to reach their own lines since being separated after the battle for Isurava at the end of August.