BRITISH ADMINISTRATION - GERMAN NEW GUINEA;
29th December 1914
I was very pleased at receiving your note of 25th ultimo by the "Eastern". Of course I know you can have very little time just now for private correspondence, therefore I appreciate all the more the time you have devoted to me in writing.
I am sending you herewith, copies of despatches I have posted by same mail to The Minister, and will continue to do the same in the future. Please get someone to le me know what are missing, and I will supply you with copies.
The dates of those I have sent are 26th Septr., 4th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 27th and 28th October, 13th and 28th November, 11th and 15th December. In future I will number them for ready reference.
I have endeavoured to keep The Minister fully informed on every conceivable point, and, therefore, at the risk of worrying you write every possible opportunity.
I am also enclosing herewith, a copy of a screed in explanation of my "Terms of Capitulation", which seemed to me to be necessary, and I should be glad to be favored with your candid opinion, as a Soldier, for my strictly private information.
I have had rather a difficult row to hoe, and have doe my best, and I can only hope my best has been good.
What a splendid command Bridges has; he must be a proud man. But what good work Australia has done, and the Staff in particular, in organizing such an Expedition in so short a time.
Tommy Watson, Paton and Heritage wish to be remembered to you.
With very kindest regards.
(Sgd.) William Holmes, Colonel.
Colonel J.G.Legge, C.M.G.,
Chief of the General Staff,