At 0345 hours, Colonel
Watson requests 'Encounter' shell positions in the Gire
Gire Plantation area. Enemy also along Vunatora -
Matamatar Road. 'Encounter' shells the area mentioned at
0600 using 6 inch naval guns.
The British Flag was
hoisted in 'Proclamation Square' Rabaul, at 1500 hours,
13th September 1914. All present saluted the Flag and
the Proclamation concerning Occupation read.
The capture of Niu Pommern - New Britain - by the
combined forces, Naval and Infantry, was effectively
completed shortly after 1800 hours, Saturday, 12th
Garrison was non-existent and the Australians occupied
the settlement without opposition. Enemy flags were
de-masted and flags in the government offices were