"...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.