"We were ordered into Reserve alongside Army Head Quarters as an army reserve. We placed ourselves up a gully narrow and steep, full of scrub and remained there until about 4 pm of the next days [April 26th] when we were ordered to go up this gully onto the Plateau and report to General Walker who was our acting Brigadier, Col FE Johnston being ill with gastric influenza. We had an awful climb and found General Walker and reported but he didn't know what to do with us, but in the end put us in reserve. All this time, the 24 hours round the big gun ships were booming away, also quick fighting Howitzers, mountain guns and rifles. Endless fighting. Shrapnel bursting on and close to the beach...."
To read the rest of this journal entry, see 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.