No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G. Malone

No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G. Malone

the tale of Gallipoli has been informed again and again, yet few first-hand debts exist, and none exhibits such acute remark as this one by way of the commander who led the attack on Chunuk Bair: Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. Malone. His diary and letters display a guy of honesty, wit, wisdom and braveness — and inform a relocating tale we must always by no means forget.

Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. Malone, commanding officer of the Wellington Battalion of the hot Zealand Expeditionary strength at Gallipoli, is healthier identified for his catch and heroic defence of Chunuk Bair on eight August 1915. A talented chief of guys, he deliberate the motion along with his attribute reliable experience and a focus to aspect. Chunuk Bair was once held for 2 days prior to being misplaced within the final of a sequence of livid counter-attacks. via then William Malone was once useless, and New Zealand had misplaced certainly one of its best officers.

It emerged later that Malone had left at the back of an in depth diary and plenty of letters to family and acquaintances. continually intelligent and observant, Malone charts nearly day-by-day the occasions within the 12 months top as much as Chunuk Bair: his coaching for battle, the learning camps, the voyage to Egypt, touchdown at Gallipoli, and existence at the peninsula in the course of the eventful few months from April to August 1915. popular for his imposition of tight self-discipline, Malone was once however a worrying and considerate chief of his males, consistently involved for his or her welfare. He additionally enjoyed his kin, and specifically his moment spouse Ida. His letters to her are one of the such a lot relocating during this e-book, and his soft challenge for his or her younger relations again domestic shines via. the tale of his older sons, 3 of whom additionally served within the nice battle, types a part of the narrative too, a relatives tale which maintains correct as much as 2012, while Malone’s great-great-grandson was once killed on energetic carrier in Afghanistan.

John Crawford is the recent Zealand Defence strength Historian and has written on many facets of the background of the recent Zealand defense force and defence coverage. In 2007 he edited, with Ian McGibbon, Exisle’s enormous booklet, ‘New Zealand’s nice War’, and in 2008 he edited ‘The Devil’s personal struggle: the 1st international warfare Diary of Brigadier-General Herbert Hart’. He has additionally written ‘To struggle for the Empire: An Illustrated historical past of recent Zealand and the South African struggle, 1899-1902’, and is at present writing a quantity for the imminent First global conflict Centenary heritage sequence. He lives in Wellington.






Introduction: an entire and sundry life

1 asserting see you later and getting ready for battle: New Zealand to Egypt, August–December 1914

2 ‘In the reason for the age’: On lively provider, Egypt, December 1914 to April 1915

3 ‘The global by no means observed greater males or braver’: Gallipoli: The touchdown and the fight for Walker’s Ridge, April–May 1915

4 ‘It used to be hell’: the second one conflict of Krithia, may well 1915

5 ‘Steady struggling with work’: Courtney’s and Quinn’s Posts, June–July 1915

6 ‘My candle is all yet burnt out’: Ordeal on Chunuk Bair, August 1915

Postscript: Chunuk Bair, 5–8 August



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