"... The Naval Divn people have arrived such boys they look, still they must be sturdy. There are no troops like ours to look at and now I know as regards my Bn for work no regiment in the world could have done better. In action on 27th 40% loss of troops engaged to fight and dig night and day for 8 days. No blankets. All food and water to be carried up hill a long way. Living in trenches. Yet cheery and unshaken...."
To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 175-177), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.