"A quiet day. All hands making final preparations for landing movement of transports and men of war to the outer harbour. The French Division has arrived. There is a quiet but businesslike quickening, everywhere. At last after the preparation of months, we are to get solidly to work. The canal business was mere play.
We sent some bread over to the Achaia - some 200 loaves we had in hand. It would be a great treat. I promised to give them all tomorrows bread and our fellows can do a day on biscuit again. I am arranging also to give every man a pound of raisins to take ashore. They are sustaining and will help to keep the men's mouths shut and so prevent parching. With the raisins and 3 days rations, I think we can put in 5 days without further supplies. In 5 days we shall be masters of enough of the Peninsula to give us plenty of water and enable landing regularly of full supplies...."
To read the rest of the journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 160), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.