Item 05: General William Holmes reports of operations and instructions for officers, 1914-1915 - Page 133
September 20th 1914.
Lieut. Colonel Russell-Watson:
During August current year, I have given an order to the District Commissioner in Wilhelmshafen District to call in to the armed force of the Colony in my name a number of white men, being members of the German Army Reserve. I just received a message that the Lieut. Army Reserve Lauer has landed in Weberhafen from Kaiser Wilhelmsland with a transport of men and has commenced marching this morning from Wunaplanting in the direction Place 'A'. I am sending to him tomorrow early the following order:-
"In the whole protectorate no more armed resistance takes place against the Military occupation by Great Britain. You are ordered to march with your men to Rabaul or Herbertshohe under the flag of truce, and to report to the British Military Authorities."
I have the honor to bring this to your notice and beg to kindly instruct your outposts accordingly in order to avoid misunderstandings.
Please state receipt of this note.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient servant
(Sgd.) E. Haber.