"...Took over Quinn's Post at 9am with 2 of my company's.  Had a good look round.  On the whole I like the change, but there is an awful lot of work to do.  Such a dirty dilapidated, unorganised post.  Still I like work and will revel in straightening things up.  Quite a length of the trench unoccupiable, owing to bomb throwing superiority of Turks.  No places for men to fall in. The local reserve is posted too far away and yet there is at present no ground prepared on which they could be comfortably put.  I selected a new HQ shelter for myself, and gave orders that every rifle shot and bomb form the Turks was to be promptly returned at least twofold.  We can and will beat them at their own game..."

To read the rest of this journal entry, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (pages 234 to 236) edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing.  Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from  Exisle Publishing.

 

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