• William George Malone

  • Wellington Infantry Battalion
  • Lieutenant Colonel

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Place of enlistment

    88 Maxwells Line, Awapuni, Palmerston North 4412, New Zealand

  • Date of enlistment

    Monday, 31 August 1914

  • Killed at Gallipoli

    Corso Roma, 1, 73014 Gallipoli Lecce, Italy
    Sunday, 8 August 1915

Stories and comments
    • A courageous leader
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    William George Malone was born on 24 January 1859 in Lewisham, Kent, England. After education in England and France he joined his elder brother Austin Malone in Taraniki, New Zealand. For many years he had a varied career as a policeman, farmer and barrister. Her served in the Boer War and stayed in the citizen forces until 1914, when he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and as Lieutenant Colonel commanded the Wellington Battalion. He landed with the Wellingtons at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and earned for himself and his battalion a reputation for extreme courage and tenacity. Malone led the battalion in action at Quinn’s and Courtney’s Posts between June and August, and at the successful (although temporary) seizure of Chunuk Bair, on the heights overlooking the Dardanelles, on the morning of 8 August. Malone was killed that afternoon at about 5 pm, probably by artillery fire from a New Zealand howitzer battery. That night when his battalion was relieved, only 70 of its 760 men remained. Malone’s body remained on Chunuk Bair, one of 310 Wellingtons with no known grave.