1914: Samoa occupation

Evening Post, 2 September 1914, p 6


The following official statement has been placed at the disposal of the Press Association by His Excellency the Governor:—

Telegram from Senior Naval Officer, New Zealand Division, to His Excellency the Governor of New Zealand, 1st September:-

“Beg to thank Your Excellency for kind message, which I have communicated to all concerned. — Marshall.”

Telegram from General Logan to His Excellency the Governor of New Zealand, 31st August 31:-

“I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the expedition under my command occupied the town of Apia, 31st August, with the assistance of the ships of the allied fleets. The Governor of Samoa has surrendered himself to me, and is being sent away with the prisoners to Fiji. I am glad to be able to inform Your Excellency that there was no opposition, that there have been no serious casualties since the expedition started, and that the health of the troops is excellent. — (Signed) Colonel Logan.”

Telegram from Senior Naval Officer, New Zealand Division to His Excellency the Governor:

Expedition arrived Apia 29th August (western time). In view of the overwhelming force, the Governor had no choice but to give in without opposition. Landing of the troops commenced about one o’clock p.m., and was carried out with great expedition, reflecting great credit on the population concerned. British flag was hoisted on shore 12.30 p.m. Colonel Logan took over the control from the German authorities at 2.30 p.m. At 8 a.m. on the 30th August the Union Jack brought from New Zealand was officially hoisted and a proclamation read in the presence of naval and military officers, native chiefs and local residents, etc. A salute of 21 guns was fired by H.M.S. Psyche. The German Governor was sent with the prisoners to Suva. The German wireless station is at present hors de combat, but it is expected to be in use shortly. The completion of installation taken from New Zealand is expected tomorrow. The new Administrator, Colonel Logan, visited H.M.S. Psyche and received a salute of thirteen guns. — (Signed) Marshall.”


Auckland, Wednesday.

An Aucklander with the Expeditionary Force writes from Noumea, on August 22:— “We have arrived here with the squadron. The Monowai, with troops aboard, went aground and had to be lightered again. This caused quite a delay. We leave as soon as she is floated for Fiji and Samoa; then for the fun. Crews slept at the guns all the way down, but came across nothing. The Germans cut the cable here some days ago. We are scouting for them now. The French here cheered us loudly and were greatly excited.

See also:

Post and Telegraph Detachment in Samoa on nzhistory.net.nz