From a Pathan (Afridi) sepoy in Hong Kong to a friend in the 57th Rifles serving in France - original in Urdu, dated 22nd January, 1915
"When you send a letter do not write about the war, but write about yourself, where you are and in which brigade... When you write say that so many walnuts have fallen from the tree and we shall understand. Do not say any more about the war. We are just as ready as you are. We are only a little way from death, but do not think of this as men think. Look, man's death is in the hand of God. But be not troubled."