No Better Death

The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone

Editor: John CrawfordA66_414, William Malone 1910 or 1911

ISBN: 9781775591283
eISBN: 9781775591924
WGM _Dress_Uniform  in about 1910

A new and deeply moving first-hand account of the Gallipoli tragedy told in the voice of one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders of men.

As the centenary of the tragedy at Gallipoli draws near this poignant book tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel W.G Malone, the commander who lead the assault on Chunuk Bair only to be killed later that day, though his letters and diaries.

No Better Death, The Great War dairies and letters of William G Malone is the acutely insightful first-hand account of a man whose honesty, wit, knowledge and courage are revealed in his writings.

Impressive and passion-laden the correspondence between the great commander and his family showcases the unbounded love that Malone had for those he left behind. A resource which he constantly drew upon to help him through and overcome the fear and life-threatening situations that he endured.

The writings also demonstrate Malone’s heroic leadership, humanity and overwhelming compassion he held for his men as he led them to battle.

Striking photography (graciously provided by Malone’s descendants) vividly illustrates the moving account of a tragedy which we should never forget.

The story of his older sons, three of whom also served in the Great War, forms part of the narrative too, a story of family commitment and sacrifice which continues to 2012 when Malone’s great-great-grandson was killed on active service in Afghanistan.

About the Editor:

John Crawford is best known as the editor of The Devil’s Own War, which is the second most important diaries of the First World War. Crawford is the New Zealand Defense Force Historian, with a wealth of knowledge, who is highly respected as both an author and historian. He is currently living in Wellington, writing a volume for the forthcoming First World War Centenary History Series.


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Taupo Times – September 2014

‘This book captures first hand what it would have been like to have been one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders at Gallipoli………’



NEW LOGONZ –  Beach FM – September 16, 2014

Nigel Hopkins interviews John Crawford about Lieutenant Colonel W.G Malone.

To listen to interview click here

 Fishing Max – review September 2014



Army News – August 2014


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