3 Dec '17 MONDAY.
from NORFORCE, SONGEA, giving information that all enemy forces now in
Portuguese East Africa; in consequence of which Capt (?) BURKE proceeding
with his scouts from MBAMPA BAY to report to Commanding Officer here.
Further telegram received from Norforce informing the Commanding Officer
of movement of Von Lettow up the LUJENDA reported three days from NGOMANO
and requesting patrols should be sent direction of MWEMBE & E of Lake
4 Dec '17
& 1 platoon A. Co[mpan]y with 1 Lewis Gun section instructed to patrol
East side of LUJENDA river, travelling in a North-Easterly direction.
& 1 platoon D Co[mpan]y and 1 Lewis Gun section instructed to patrol
MWEMBE road keeping W of LUJENDA.
ordered to proceed not more than three days' march from NAMWERAS.
with 1 platoon A Co[mpan]y and 1 Lewis Gun Section ordered to occupy KALIWATA
and to secure the mill against possible raids.
states enemy making for NKULA HILL and MWEMBE.
Platoon with Lieut GIBBS and Lieut ROSE'S Platoon left for Portuguese
NAMWERAS 3.0 p.m. where they spent the night. Lieut ARMSTRONG left for
KALIWATA 4.0 p.m.
5 Dec. '17
stating HAWTHORN'S column left SONGEA for MBAMBA BAY 4th inst.
reported his arrival at NAMWERAS with 176 Ruga-Ruga. Scouts were dispatched
by him to the MTONYA, MWEMBE, and Lake AMARAMBA districts.
Orr, Royal Berkshire Reg[imen]t, joined the Battalion as second in command.
patrol camped at MAHONGA on LUSANYANI stream. ROSE'S patrol camped at
and 1 platoon and 1 Lewis Gun section D Co[mpan]y ordered to proceed to
KITUNGE and occupy it, with posts at KATONGA and EBA.
6. Dec '17.
left for KITUNGE at 8 a.m. arriving there at 4 p.m.
went to KALIWATA and inspected Lieut ARMSTRONG'S dispositions.
7 Dec '17.
from NORFOCE intelligence to arrest the following chiefs in P.E.A. believed
to be friendly to the enemy, MWALIA of WAMAKUA, MATAKA of MWEMBE, KARANJI
of UNYANGO, MATAKA KASONGO formerly of MWEMBE latterly of KANDULU, and
MATALU ex chief clerk of KASAMALA. Information required of the whereabouts
of these. Lieut BURKE instructed to send out RUGA-RUGA to find out where
these chiefs are now living. ROSE at CHIKOVA and pushing Ruga-Ruga to
9. Dec '17
as to AMARAMBA received from CHARLESWORTH who had withdrawn to MWAVA.
10 Dec '17 MONDAY.
returned from MTONYA reported all clear at MKULAS HILL & MWEMBE. He
stated that the Germans are spreading a report that they intend to march
on MTARIKA, FT JOHNSTON and BLANTYRE.
12 Dec '17
Lieut HARRIS, 4 British N.C.O's and 27 askari with 46 M.G. [machine gun]
Porters reported for duty with the maxim guns.
13. Dec '17
and Capt BRUCE. S.O, N.F.F. visited NAMWERAS, and discussed arrangements
(Genl NORTHEY'S staff) arrived.