The Australians commenced walking to Kokoda from McDonalds Corner (south of Owers’ Corner, Port Moresby end) on July 7, 1942. The first company was ‘B’ Company of the 39th Battalion led by Captain Sam Templeton and Guided by Bert Kienzle. Captain Sam Templeton was killed in battle and the two crossings over Iora Creek are named in his honour. The Australians arrived in Kokoda on July 15, 1942.