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Man of Iron : The Extraordinary New Zealand Story of WW1 Hero William Malone, Paperback / softback Book

Man of Iron : The Extraordinary New Zealand Story of WW1 Hero William Malone Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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As commander of the Wellington Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone captured and held the heights of Chunuk Bair in August 1915.

Along with his men, he succeeded in holding off fierce Turkish counter-attacks for nearly two days before being killed by a shell from a British warship.

The defence of Chunuk Bair has been described as one of New Zealand's finest hours and it also made Malone one of New Zealand's best-known First World War soldiers. William Malone was not only an outstanding military commander but also a successful farmer, lawyer and family man.

His letters reveal a man unfulfilled by peacetime pursuits and war offered him a liberation of spirit and a new sense of purpose.

Leaving for the front, he wrote, 'I leave a lucrative practice, a happy home, a brave wife and children without any hesitation.

I feel I am just beginning to live.'

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