Gallantry of Lt. Malone Made Advance Possible
Capt. P. P. Acland, His Senior Officer, Writes of the Officer’s Death.
From the Toronto Globe, Thursday June 22nd, 1916, page 9.
Evidence of the high esteem in which the late Lieut. Maurice Malson, who was killed in the battle of Zillebeke on June 2nd, was held, is found in the letter which are pouring in to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Malone, Queen’s Park, from fellow-officers at the front. Capt. P.P. Acland, son of Mr. F.A. Acland, Deputy Minister of Labor for Canada, who commanded Lieut’ Malone’s company, writes to Mrs. Malone under date of June 7th:
“He fell, shot through the heart by a machine-gun bullet. He had been doing invaluable work all morning. As you have seen in the official accounts, the Germans had effected a break in the line at this point. We, who were in reserve, were suddenly called up, and after a long night march, made an advance in broad daylight under a heavy shellfire and machine-gun fire, which enabled us to take up a position which secured most of the lost ground an denied the enemy the advantage they had so nearly gained. It was at the furthest point of our advance, about 7:30 in the morning, when your son –‘Mike’ was his nickname — was struck down. He had been behaving most gallantly.
Gallantly Led His Men.
“Except for the manner in which he brought his men up to reinforce my line, we should have not been able to advance as far as we did. At the moment he was hit he was looting for means to get through a dense hedge which blocked out forward movement. When he was hit he was still cool. He at first gave the usual call for stretcher-bearers to let us know he was down.”
The call for stretcher-bearers referred to in the latter was not a call for assistance, but an intimation that another officer was required to carry the men on.
“Then as others around him were falling, he added, quietly: ‘Never mind, it is all right.’ A moment later he fell. We buried him with full military honors, the whole battalion attending, in the same cemetery and in the same row with Lieut.-Col. Marshall. The casket was carried by the Sergeants of his company and the firing party was composed of men from his old platoon and commanded by myself. We considered it an honor to be allowed to pay a last mark of respect to his memory.”
Lieut. Arnold Davison, Capt. P.G. Campbell, Capt. Maybee, Capt. W.P. Malone, and Lieut. H.L. Symonds have also written eulogistically of their fallen comrade.
See the article in its original context here:
The Globe 1916 – 06 June 22nd – Thursday p.09
Some background on Lieut. Malone can be found here.