INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE OFFICER COMMANDING THE GARRISON TROOPS AT YAP:
1. Your Forces will consist of one Section of Infantry and a Detachment of A.M.C.
2. Take charge of the Wireless Station, Cable Station, N.D.L. Office and Office of the West Caroline Coy., and any other Public Buildings, and post necessary sentries over same.
3. Arrest German Officials, obtain all information from them, and search their residences.
4. Detain all arrested persons until instructed how to act.
5. Place all your men in buildings, if possible, well up off the ground.
6. If sufficient buildings are not already available, get assistance of natives to build same of Cocoanut Trees or whatever timber is available.
7. Ascertain what supplies are available, such as food, coal, etc.
8. Protect life and property; both European and Natives.
9. Arrange Hospital accommodation.
10. Organise Native Police to control Native population and arrange scale of pay for same.
11. Treat Natives firmly but not harshly.
12. .Protect water supplies.
13. Post Proclamation of British occupation.
14. All supplies required to be requisitioned for and receipts given by you, so that they may be afterwards paid for.
15. Take steps to protect all property of any German Residents, Officials or otherwise who may have departed.
16. Ensure that your troops shall respect all Public and Private Property of both the Europeans and Natives.
17. Prepare defensive positions where necessary to resist boat landings
18. Protect Stores, Bridges, Piers, Wharves etc.
19. Take with you two months' supplies for your command.
20. Take 500 rounds of ammunition per rifle.
21. Send report every opportunity to O.C. Expeditionary Force at Rabaul
(Sgd) William Holmes, Colonel
Commanding Australian Naval & Military Exped.
5th September 1914.