KOKODA TRACK UPDATE TGS AND HARRY BOULD GROUPS - 6TH JULY 2015
Both groups have made it to Isurava memorial campsite tonight. This is a very significant place where the battle of Isurava took place and Bruce Kingsbury won his Victoria Cross (VC) award.
All are well and are looking forward to the final slog tomorrow to finish the track at Kokoda.
Kokoda Track Update TGS and Harry Bould Tours - 05 July 2015
Today both groups visited the beautiful dried lake beds of Myola. These were of vital importance during the Kokoda Campaign for the delivery of food and supplies to the troops on the track. This evening both groups met up at Templetons Crossing another place of great signifance in tge battles against the Japanese forces.
All are well and the weather remains good to them.
Kokoda Track Update TGS - 04 July 2015
Today the left Efogi South and went to Efogi North where they visited the only Japanese memorial on the Kokoda Track. Then they continued on to the village of Naduri where they stopped for lunch. After a good break they continued on through Track Juction and to Diggers Camp for their night's rest. This is one of the coldest nights on the Kokoda Track as its in the highest altitude part. All are well and enjoyed a good story around the campfire.
Kokoda Track Update TGS - 03 July 2015
The group have arrived to their campsite of Efogi South (AKA Big Efogi). During the Second World War, Efogi was a small village on the southern slopes of the Owen Stanley Ranges and was the fourth staging post where many troops stopped overnight as they advanced over the Kokoda Track. It was a very significant place particularly in the fighting withdrawal battles of the Kokoda campaign. Many Australians and Japanese lost their lives at this place.
The group are in high spirits and are doing well.
Kokoda Track Update Harry Bould Tour - 02 July 2015
The Harold Bould Memorial Tour are making great progress and have reached their campsite at Menari this evening. All are doing very well and the track conditions are nice and dry.
Menari, is a prosperous native community cultivating fertile gardens on the hilly slopes that lie at the junction of two creeks.
The campsite at Menari is a beautiful peaceful rest place for trekkers today but a photo from the September 1942 reminds us that it was not always so.
Menari is the location where Lt Ralph Honner gave his now famous speech to his men, the 39th Militia Battalion.
"Now I don't know a lot of you by name, but I know you.
We met at Isurava. We fought there together and every step of the way here.
Now we are relieved and we will leave the battle.
And every day the enemy supply line stretches further. He suffers now as you have suffered.
The battle we fought for the track may have just saved your nation. At Imita we will stop him.
Brigadier wants you to know...your gallantry, your courage, your fortitude are an inspiration.
And I want you to know that you are some of the finest soldiers that I have ever seen.
You have seen things in this place that no man should witness.
Some of these things you must forget. But history will remember you, and in the years to come others will wish that they had your conviction.
And remember...remember the glory is not the exhortation of war, but the exhortation of man.
Mans nobility, made transcendent in the fiery crucible of war.
Faithfulness and fortitude.
Gentleness and compassion.
I am honored to be your brother." — Lt Col Ralph Honner DSO MC
The group are all travelling well and have made it to the campsite in good time and in good health.