The tale of Gallipoli has been advised again and again, yet few first-hand money owed exist, and none indicates 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 recognized for his trap and heroic defence of Chunuk Bair on eight August 1915. A talented chief of guys, he deliberate the motion along with his attribute reliable feel and a spotlight to element. Chunuk Bair used to be held for 2 days prior to being misplaced within the final of a sequence of livid counter-attacks. by way of then William Malone used to be useless, and New Zealand had misplaced considered one of its most interesting officers.
It emerged later that Malone had left at the back of a close diary and a number of letters to relations and acquaintances. continually smart and observant, Malone charts virtually day-by-day the occasions within the 12 months major as much as Chunuk Bair: his instruction for conflict, the educational camps, the voyage to Egypt, touchdown at Gallipoli, and existence at the peninsula through the eventful few months from April to August 1915. popular for his imposition of tight self-discipline, Malone was once however a being concerned and considerate chief of his males, continually involved for his or her welfare. He additionally enjoyed his relations, and particularly his moment spouse Ida. His letters to her are one of the so much relocating during this e-book, and his soft drawback for his or her younger family members again domestic shines via. the tale of his older sons, 3 of whom additionally served within the nice battle, varieties a part of the narrative too, a kinfolk tale which keeps correct as much as 2012, while Malone’s great-great-grandson was once killed on energetic carrier in Afghanistan.
John Crawford is the hot Zealand Defence strength Historian and has written on many facets of the heritage of the hot Zealand military and defence coverage. In 2007 he edited, with Ian McGibbon, Exisle’s huge booklet, ‘New Zealand’s nice War’, and in 2008 he edited ‘The Devil’s personal battle: the 1st global warfare Diary of Brigadier-General Herbert Hart’. He has additionally written ‘To struggle for the Empire: An Illustrated heritage of recent Zealand and the South African warfare, 1899-1902’, and is presently writing a quantity for the drawing close First global struggle Centenary heritage sequence. He lives in Wellington.
Introduction: a whole and sundry life
1 asserting see you later and getting ready for conflict: 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 international by no means observed greater males or braver’: Gallipoli: The touchdown and the fight for Walker’s Ridge, April–May 1915
4 ‘It was once hell’: the second one conflict of Krithia, may perhaps 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