Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 203
MONDAY - 16th NOVEMBER 1914:
The following message was received from Navy Office at 1-0 a.m.
"Sorted telegram received from Admiral, China Station says "Understand First Japanese Southern Squadron will go to Fiji."
and at 1-45 a.m. a message was received from Major Martin as under:-
"All well. quinine run out. Limejuice and 500 lbs. preserved fruit urgently needed, also Dentist badly wanted."
At 12-30 a.m. the following message was despatched to Minister Defence:-
"Troops under my command took possession Nauru 6th inst. German Flag lowered, British Flag hoisted. Military occupation proclaimed, garrison posted. German Commissioner and 25 others taken Prisoners, sent Sydney by "Messina". Have repatriated 37 British Employees Pacific Phosphate Coy deported 2 months ago by Germans to Ocean Island. Telefunken Station undamaged. Suggest early reestablishment. Despatch following - Administrator."
Orders were issued Lt. Col. Watson for a course of Musketry to be commenced to-morrow.
It has been decided that the "Siar" will leave for Admiralty and Hermit Islands with cargo. A small detachment of Naval Reserves under the command of Lieut. Next will be left to garrison Manus. Major Heritage and Captain Travers will accompany the Expedition. A machine gun with a Corporal and 6 Men will also be taken, and provisions for 60 days. The "Siar" will leave of Thursday 19th instant.
Health of the Troops continues most satisfactory.