"...Just heard the Majestic torpedoed by submarine last night.  Sunk in 3/4 hours.  This is at Cape Helles.  Presume not much loss of life.  Rather dreadful - such - rotten way of going under.  Wonder how the situation will be met or are we to do without naval support.  It hardly seems just, but somehow or another we have got a notion that the navy, messes thighs up and are getting messed up.  Grand fellows all the men we meet and "they do us proud" whenever we are near them, but they seem something not comme il faut..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 216-217) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.
 

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