"...It is extraordinary how subservient officers are.  They shun every form of trying to make their superiors do their job.  If only they would politely but firmly insist on their just needs being attended to, they would be.  There is no reason why they shouldn't.  They are keen enough in jumping on those below them, but butter wouldn't melt in their mouth when dealing in those above..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 198 to 201) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.