"...Going along the beach at one point snipers were laying for us and wounded 6 men in a few minutes. So we had to halt and try another track which as it happens is free from snipers. At the point I got a letter from Mater of 21/3/15. Major Hughes had given it to Temperley to give to us. I was so delighted. I took advantage of the halt to read nay devour it. It is so good to hear from loved ones. As I read bullet after bullet pitched into the sea within 20ft of me but I was quite safe sitting in a bank on the beach..."
To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 201 to 203) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.