28 July 1942

When Lt Co Bill Owen finds the Japanese have not reached Kokoda, he orders his men to re-occupy it, leaving a small rearguard group at Deniki.

Medic Jack Wilkinson noted in his diary at Kokoda: “We have 77 men all battle weary and suffering from exposure. Have had no sleep for three nights and feel rotten.” Lt Col Bill Owen sets his men in defensive positions around the Kokoda plateau.