"Very hot today and the flies are already a plague.  A most unpleasant one, when one thinks of all the dead Turks about unburied.  Finished my bivvy and am very comfortable, but it is back to the prevailing wind, and in the day, a sweltering place.  It has a good outlook to sea and Imbros.  I am writing this 9 pm, to accompaniment of continuous rifle fire - "Smack", "whine", "whiz", "sheet" go the bullets overhead - the valley echoes some of the sound and so adds to the clatter.  Still we are used to it.  Just been round the trenches to see all right.  The men are in great heart..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 225-226) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.