Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tuesday, May 31st 1915

Arrive Columbo via Penang and find that riots have broken out amongst the natives.  Singalese between the Mohammadeans and the Buddists.  Houses are being burnt down and many people killed.  Some horrible sights were witnessed by the passengers from our ship the Mooltan .  We have now transferred from the Nubia to the Mooltan and we are packed full and have some five hundred Australian Red Cross Volunteer Soldiers on board.  We went on shore and soldiers with fixed bayonets were everywhere and rushing through the streets in motor cars.  The riots just started at Kandy a little way up Ceylon.

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