17 October 1942

Near modern day Templeton’s Crossing No 2, Sgt Bede Tongs 3rd Battalion takes command of his platoon after his officer Lt Col Richardson is badly wounded. He evacuates Richardson then deploys his platoon to attack Jap machine gun positions.

Tongs crawls down a fire lane close to Jap machine gunners, takes a grenade, pulls out the pin waits two seconds then tosses the grenade into the pit, silencing them.

He will later be awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry. Colin Richardson survives harrowing evacuation. Loses lung but survives. Both Tongs and Richardson hale and hearty in their 90s.