ID number ART22753
Title Study of Illebe Creek Battle
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Hodgkinson, Roy (Artist)
Place made New Guinea
Date made 1944
Medium coloured crayons on brown paper
Measurement Overall: 33 x 44 cm (sight)


Troops formed up in Illebbe Creek in deep banks, come up climbing steeply and assaulted Japanese positions dug around a small vegetable garden. The enemy was routed, suffering 51 killed; the remainder fled. Our troops (two platoons of "B" Company, supported by one platoon of "A" Company) were led by Sergeant G.R Crawford and Private A. J Rolfe who single-handed rushed several enemy posts. Sergeant Crawford flung hand grenades in the lead. Rolfe was firing a Bren gun from the hip. Both men were wounded and both awarded D.C.M's.