"Arranging support for tonight's attack.  At 11 pm the ball commenced.  All hands and guns opened fire, a really terrific business.  Pitch dark, flashes and reports of rifles and machine guns on all sides.  Shells, red hot coming from our own guns, just over our heads, and from cross replacements.  The shells seem to be coming straight at one - they are fired from a lower elevation.  Crash, bang, then the return shells - bombs and star shells.  Such a roar, crash, "hunch", bang rat tat tat, smack, swish, boing, pop and plop and an odd boom.  A veritable inferno.  I seemed to be in the centre of things... but I was really, bar very bad luck quite safe..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 228 - 231) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.