The Digger of Kokoda Book


Reg Chard, an Australian soldier who fought on the infamous Kokoda Track during World War II, suffered greatly as an 18-year-old.

Ironically, many years later, after losing his wife of 66 years, Betty, Reg contemplated taking his own life. However, he found new purpose in educating young people and leading guided tours of Sydney's Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. On these tours, Reg relives the experiences of his time on Kokoda, retelling stories of the soldiers who fought and never made it back home. As one of the last surviving soldiers who fought on Kokoda, Reg has become a custodian of its legacy.

This biography of the 98-year-old veteran is deeply moving, healing, and inspiring, highlighting how Kokoda still lives within him 80 years after the battle that saved Australia.