"...I took off my clothes last night and slept in my shirt and a cardigan jacket.  I picked it up off the battlefield (I have had it washed), but it was not a success.  Too cold.  Today is a lovely sunny one.  The Battalion was allowed to go down to the beach after breakfast and to return by 10am.  I went for a ride.  Col. Richardson very kindly lent me his horse and Whitmore my bodyguard!  got Colonel Ives [Ives's horse].  We went through the French line to Sedd El Bahr village and fort.  A mass of ruins.  Stone houses, narrow streets, full of horses, mules and French troops.  The old fort is an [sic] Hospital.  I went in and had a look around.  It dates I believe from the crusades.  Our big shells had smashed it in many parts too [sic] pieces..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 188-191) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.
 


 

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