"...A lovely morning.  Mass at 6.30 am, in the open bivouac an occasional shell bursting over head or close to.  Distant rifle fire, the "shriiing" [sic] of our own shells passing over, all taken as a matter of course.  There is to be a 2nd mass at 10.30 am - 600 of men gone to beaches to work at unloading stores and material.  We have no word yet of going back to 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 192-192) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.