A letter received by friends from Sidney Holman of Toddington, a reservist in the 16th Lancers:
I received your box this morning, September 21st. It was a welcome change from Bully Beef and Biscuits. I saw an old paper from home. You do get some news: don’t you believe it. I was at some of the big fights and know different. I will tell you all when I come home, which will be soon now. I had a busy day yesterday, dodging lead, but I managed it all right. We are getting a lot down just now, but they are only slight wounds. – Sidney.