"I heard last night that a NZ mail had arrived on HMT Goslar, sp at 5.30 am today I sent a boat to fetch our share. It was blowing "some" so it took the crew 4 hours to go and return. To my delight there was a little letter from Mater. .... It was a very great pleasure to hear from her. I immediately wrote to acknowledge it as we may be away very soon now. ... Genl Sir Ian Hamilton has issued the following special order. "
This journal entry comes from No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 158), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.