"...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.