The tale of Gallipoli has been informed time and again, yet few first-hand debts exist, and none exhibits such acute remark as this one by means 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 seize and heroic defence of Chunuk Bair on eight August 1915. A proficient chief of fellows, he deliberate the motion together with his attribute strong feel and a focus to element. Chunuk Bair was once held for 2 days prior to being misplaced within the final of a sequence of livid counter-attacks. by way of then William Malone was once lifeless, and New Zealand had misplaced certainly one of its best officers.
It emerged later that Malone had left in the back of a close diary and a lot of letters to relatives and buddies. continuously clever and observant, Malone charts virtually day-by-day the occasions within the yr prime as much as Chunuk Bair: his education for battle, the educational camps, the voyage to Egypt, touchdown at Gallipoli, and lifestyles at the peninsula through the eventful few months from April to August 1915. well known for his imposition of tight self-discipline, Malone used to be however a worrying and considerate chief of his males, regularly involved for his or her welfare. He additionally enjoyed his relatives, and particularly his moment spouse Ida. His letters to her are one of the such a lot relocating during this ebook, and his soft main issue for his or her younger kinfolk again domestic shines via. the tale of his older sons, 3 of whom additionally served within the nice warfare, varieties a part of the narrative too, a relatives tale which maintains correct as much as 2012, whilst Malone’s great-great-grandson was once killed on lively provider in Afghanistan.
John Crawford is the recent Zealand Defence strength Historian and has written on many elements of the background of the hot Zealand militia and defence coverage. In 2007 he edited, with Ian McGibbon, Exisle’s enormous e-book, ‘New Zealand’s nice War’, and in 2008 he edited ‘The Devil’s personal conflict: the 1st international warfare Diary of Brigadier-General Herbert Hart’. He has additionally written ‘To struggle for the Empire: An Illustrated background of recent Zealand and the South African warfare, 1899-1902’, and is presently writing a quantity for the imminent First global conflict Centenary background sequence. He lives in Wellington.
Introduction: an entire and sundry life
1 announcing 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 larger 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, might 1915
5 ‘Steady scuffling 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