"...Repaved my yard and put a small water drain in it.  Went out and reconnoitred our left flank in readiness and in case of any action tonight.  Found one line of trenches but parapet too high for most people to fire over.  Suggested to O/C to fix same up and to fix wire right along under which all rifle barrels to be put and so kept down to sweep the ground in advance.  I remember Sir Ian Hamilton writing at time of Japan Russia war recommending this.  I little thought I should be under his command!  No support trenches either!  We are very casual..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 216) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.
 

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