1 September 1942

During early morning the 2/16th moves back through Eora Creek crossing. For the first time, a militia company of the 39th Battalion, covers the withdrawal of an AIF unit. It would be the last action of the 39th on the Track.

The desperate fighting and growing cases of illness have taken a terrible toll on the Australians fighting along the Track. The 39th Battalion now has less than 200 men (of around 500 at start), the 2/14th down to about 140, the 2/16th around 400 and the 53rd has been withdrawn.

In mid morning Brigadier Arnold Potts orders 39th to move back to Kagi village and hold it until relieved by 2/27th AIF Battalion, then moving up the Track from Moresby.