Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 157
to Captain Norrie, O.C. Garrison, also list of German Prisoners. One Sergt. and 6 men, with machine gun, remained on board as a guard over the prisoners.
It was the intention of the Administrator to allow the "Messina" to return to Nauru for cargo, but having ascertained on arrival that the "Matunga" had departed, although Mr, Lucas (Burns Philp Representative) stated he would hold this vessel back, the Administrator then decided to send the "Messina" on to Sydney with the Prisoners and Members of the Expeditionary Force sentenced to terms of imprisonment by Court Martial.
Health of the Troops continues excellent.