Item 01: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 August 1914 - 20 March 1915 - Page 23
Nov. 8 - 9
heading south; the officers held a mock court martial this afternoon, it was amusing to watch them. the Minitor has not returned, she must have smelt a rat, sleeping out & stopped a shower or two of rain.
Cold worse, about 9 o'clock the Japanese boat on our right came around the troop ship at full speed the sea breaking over her forecastle from the pace she was going. she made around to the Melbourne on our South & they stopped together all the morning. at dinner time the Colonel came down & said that a German cruiser had been
sunk beached by the Sydney. the German is supposed to be the Emden. the lads nearly went mad with excitement, the German was