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PRESS BUREAU, Sunday.
The Secretary of the Admiralty announces that a further telegram has been
received from Rear-Admiral Sir G. Patey stating that after fighting for
eighteen hours over six miles of bush the Australian Naval Reserve forces
captured the wireless telegraph station at Herbertshohe at 1 a. m.
on the 12th inst. (Saturday). The wireless tower and station
were damaged by the enemy, and will be out of action for some time.
The casualties are as follows :—
Lieut.-Commander Chas. B. Ellwell, R.N. ;
Captain B. A. Pockley, R.A.M.C. ;
four seamen of the Australian Naval Reserve.
Lieutenant Rowland G. Bowen, R. A. Navy ;
three seamen of the Australian Naval Reserve.
The German casualties are not definitely known, but include between twenty and
thirty killed. Two German officers were taken prisoners, including
the Commandant, together with fifteen German non-commissioned officers
and fifty-six native police.
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