"...We got up rations and water but the men had a rough night, digging.  No great coats - very cold.  It was a warm sunny day.  I came thro safely but had some four very narrow shaves.  A shrapnel shell burst in front of me and several bullets rapped some timber close to my head on the right.  I am somehow or other immune.  I took Colonel Moore, Otago along to show him best way for 2 of his Coys to advance.  A bullet passed between our heads and went right through the lobe of his ear.  I must be more careful though as the loss of officers is getting very serious..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 181-182) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.