"Went over and took over Courtneys Post, a very higgledy piggledy show.  People all over the place.  There are 4 different machine gun detachments, 3 Australian and 1 NZ.  I put Major Cunningham in charge of my battalion and began to take hold as O/C Post.  Built a new HQ bivouac and propose to terrace the ground, and so make room for the men.  I put all the machine gun men in one place.  The Australians didn't like having to shift but I insisted.  There is a lot of work to do remodelling, but we will get it done soon.  The men are keen.  We have got a Japanese mortar, which throws a bomb almost perpendicularly and can be seen coming down.  It explodes with a tremendous force and must be terrifying to the Turks.  The latter have been having the upper hand sniping, etc, but I expect our fellows to reverse the position.  At dark the usual big firing began. The Turks have been turning night into day..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 225) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.