And not before time.

Taranaki town Stratford is to honour its Gallipoli hero, Lieutenant Colonel William Malone.

A life-size bronze statue of Lt Col Malone was approved by Stratford District Council yesterday and could be unveiled on August 8 – the anniversary of the World War 1 battle for Chunuk Bair in Turkey, The Taranaki Daily News reported.

Lt Col Malone, 52, died on Chunuk Bair on August 9, 1915, probably from friendly fire from a British warship.

You can read something of my regiments history here.

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4 Responses to And not before time.

  1. Boquisucio says:

    In College, I read all about the history of Gallipoli Campaign, and became familiar with Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine, etc. But it wasn’t until I visited the battlefield in 1992, that it all came crashing-in its stark reality.

    How in the helk could the ANZAC be able to scrap their way into the hills surrounding the landing beach, is beyond me, and how close were the opposing trenches at Lone Pine made my head spin. They were no more than 10 yards opposite each other.

  2. Murray says:

    I used to give lectures on it and i was even in the film. The last survivor of the Wellingtons used to sepnd ANZAC with us and he had a few stories.

  3. BillT says:

    Ballantine Books put out a paperback “World At War” series back in the 1970s — the Gallipoli campaign filled most of the volume on the Mediterranean Theater.

    When I read the events immediately following the landings, my reaction was “WTF were they thinking? Get them off the beaches!”

  4. Murray says:

    Legends are not born from the easy ones Bill.

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