"...I am not hitting it off too well with our Brigadier.  He seems to resent my asking for information and for not too readily allowing my men to be plunged ahead, without reconnaissance or information.  I ask also for barbed wire, engineer detachments, the moving up of so called supporting troops, who are no in any touch whatever with me, and generally everything that can enable me and my men to do our job thoroughly.  He says I am more bother to him than the three other C.O.s together.  They say yes to everything, and seem to blunder along but I am not seeking popularity, only efficiency..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 183-184) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.