A carpenter by trade who won prizes for drawing and wood carving. Malone was 28 at the time of the Rising, and according to the National Graves Association handbook (1932) was a lieutenant in the Cyclist Corps I.R.A., 3rd Batt., and the “crack shot of the Coy”.
With three companions, including Volunteer James Grace, he defended No25 Northumberland Road on Easter Monday. On Tuesday he sent two of his companions away, because they were “mere boys”. With one man he defended his position against the British military until 8pm on Wednesday until he was killed in action. He is buried in the Republican Plot, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.