Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 121
THURSDAY - 15TH OCTOBER 1914:
The body of Pte. Wates was buried with Military honors this morning. Lieut. Holmes represented the Administrator.
A report was made by Mr. Jolley that a quantity of rice, etc. had been landed on the North Coast at a plantation belonging to the New Guinea Coy. The Provost Marshal proceeded to investigate the report, which was found to be correct the stores were landed from a motor boat which had been sent by the Manager of the New Guinea Coy. from a vessel named the "Siar". The "Siar" left here for Macassar on or about the 30th August, in order to bring rice to Rabaul. It has been ascertained that she is now in the vicinity of Kawieng and has discharged most of her cargo.
In view of this information the "Nusa" is being commissioned and Major Heritage, accompanied by Lieut. Holmes, a small force of Infantry and one machine gun, is proceeding to Kawieng to-morrow, Opportunity will be taken to hoist the British Flag there, issue proclamation and endeavour to bring back the British Consul (Mr. Jolley), who has been retained as a Prisoner since the outbreak of the war; and at the same time locate the ketch steamer "Samoa" referred to in diary of the 12th instant.
It has been decided that the "Komet" will leave for Sydney on Saturday, 17th instant. Arrangemants are being made for passage for Lieut. General and Mrs. Wylde, and a Mrs.Mirrow, wife of a Planter here who desires to undergo an operation in Sydney at an early date.
The "Moresby" has not yet arrived, although overdue.
Health of troops continues most satisfactory.