"We are well dug in. The Turks keep trying to to blast us away and thro the day killed 3 or 4 and wounded 8 or 9. Our position is something like this. The ground is covered with scrub. We go on digging and are shelled and rifle fired at night and day, but thanks to our excellent digging our casualties get less. I insisted on the Australians being all withdrawn. General Walker asked if I could hold on without them. I told him they were a source of weakness. All last night they kept up a blaze of rifle fire, into the dark at the Turks who they could not see and thus drew fire. The Turks knowing where we were. I tried to stop them but it was useless...."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 168), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.