23 October 1942

The Battle for Eora Creek is in full swing with both sides taking heavy casualties. The Australians lose 26 killed on the day, including three missing presumed dead. All bar three are from the NSW-based 2/1st Battalion.

The Japanese defenders chose their position well, building their ‘forest fort’ around the only fresh water source on the high ridge. Consequently the Australians are forced to catch rainwater in their capes and from tree roots.

Each time Australian patrols contact the Jap defences, scouts are killed, the positions are taken but during the night when the Diggers have to withdraw, the Japs re-establish their defences.

Replaced 21 Brigade commander Arnold Potts writes note to his men thanking them and concludes: “Be loyal to all the ideals we have built up around this Bde of three hard-hitting, hard-marching and hard-living Bns, and nothing in your lives will ever give you half so much pleasure as belonging to it or so much pain as leaving it.”