Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 27
AUSTRALIAN NAVAL AND MILITARY EXPEDITION.
AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS.
6th September 1914
P.M.O., A. N. & M. Expedition
I beg to report that at your request, I inspected the medical stores of the A.A.M.C Detail accompanying the Queensland troops on board the S.S. "KANOWNA" while lying in Port Moresby on the morning of the 5th September 1914.
The A.A.M.C. Detail was composed of two officers and ten men, under the command of Captain Stuart Kay.
In my opinion, the stores and equipment of the Detail were totally inadequate to meet the medical requirements of the troops on active service.
When Captain Kay reported to you on board the H.M.A.S. "BERRIMA" on the morning of 5th September 1914, he stated to you in my presence that his equipment was absolutely inadequate, that he had already used up most of his stores; that the materials which remained were insufficient for the needs of the troops, and requested that you should make good his deficiencies from your stores.
After inspecting the stores, I recommend to you that we should supply two pounds of chloroform and one pint of tincture of iodine, to meet a surgical emergency, together with a set of dental forceps. This was done and a receipt obtained for these articles. I further recommend that he be adequately equipped as soon as the unit was detached for separate work.