".... My remaining Corpl of machine guns Copeland was killed. I was within 9ft of him. I had just recommended him for a Comn [commission] and he deserved it. Poor lad shot thro' the heart. Not a sound. Another gunner was wounded."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 172), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.