"...It rained last night, and this morning up to 1pm.  Oh!  The mud in our gully.  Still we are cheerful.  I got my kit, which had been landed from the Itonus and had a sailor's delight - slept in pyjamas on my stretcher, with plenty of blankets.  What sybarite, I!  Orders to go and view the Australian position, with other C.O.s.  A heavy, muddy, climbing, trench squeezing job.  Saw the Turks trenches which in some places are only 15 yards away.  The countryside is one mass of trenches tier upon tier.  I saw lots of dead Turks..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 204 to 205) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.