"...Last night's sortie from Quinns by Canterbury Battalion men, was a failure.  3 killed and 24 wounded.  I think another "touch wood" bit of business, not worth the casualties.  I suppose I shall be poked up and ordered to continue the game, but I shall take some forcing until I am satisfied of chances of success or necessity of operation.  Isolated local attacks at the most salient point of our position are not in my opinion sound.  There has been gross, I think, neglect in the early stages, when such movements would have succeeded and kept the Turks back.  The Australians seemingly just sat down and waited and waited and did nothing.  That seems to be their character, dash forward like mad things and then instead of working and making good, sit down and loaf, and then get "scary"..."

"To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 232-233) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.
 

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