"All food and water has to carried up (500 feet) from the beach, nearly a mile up a steep track and the carriers are under sniper fire all day. Now and again one gets shot. Still they do on climbing sweating grunting falling but no grousing or complaining. We have some mules helping now. If only we could get plenty and save the men I would be glad. I am arranging every day to send some men to the beach for a swim and a few hours spell from the trenches...."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 170), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.