Five men of 2/14th Battalion in August 1942 during the Kokoda Track campaign. From left to right: Lieut. G.G. Moore, Lieut. Harold ‘Butch’ Bisset, Capt. Claude Charles Purvis Nye, Lieut. L.F. Mason and Lieut. Maurice Austin Treacy.
Lieutenant Moore was killed in action during the intense fighting at Isurava on August 28, 1942.
Lieutenant Thomas Harold ‘Butch’ Bisset was wounded in action at Isurava on August 29, 1942. He died in his brother’s arms at 0400 the next morning, aged 32.
Captain Claude Charles Purvis Nye was killed in action while leading a counterattack at Brigade Hill near Efogi on September 8, 1942, aged 25.
Captain Maurice Austin ‘Mokka’ Treacy was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Isurava on 29 August. However, Treacy would later be killed as well on November 29, 1942, aged 27. Lieutenant Bisset’s brother, Stan, witnessed Mokka’s death at Gona, when Captain Treacy was gunned down while leading an attack on Japanese pillboxes.
Lieutenant Mason was the only person in this photograph to survive the fighting. Mason was wounded in action on September 29th, 1942.