From a wounded Sikh at Brockenhurst to a subedar of the 34th Pioneers serving in France - original in Urdu and Gurmukhi, dated 10th March, 1915
"You should not make a valiant effort to go into the firing line. That is a very bad place indeed, so bad that I cannot describe it here. As far as possible arrange to remain behind. You can say to your double company commander Sahibs "Huzur, my service has been very long. Please put me on some duty here." Many Indian officers with long service have been sent to Marseilles from the firing line itself. My urgent advice to you is to arrange to stay in Marseilles."