For the record:
Weekly Mail, Saturday, March 22, 1879
Zululand January 28, 1879
Dear father - Just a few lines to let you know that I am one of the ten that escaped out of five companies. The remainder were cut to pieces-in fact, cut in bits - with these savages. About 15,000 of them came on the camp when the column was out. All in camp were killed - 492 - of our regiment and about 300 of different corps.. ho! I never saw such a sight.
Please to pray to God to continue to save my life. There are only 240 men remaining in our regiment. So no more. I shall write again soon, if alive.
Dear father, please go personally or write a letter to Isaac Lewis Pendre, Brecon and tell him that his son-in law, Sergeant Chambers, is killed; his son Thomas is alive, but still in hospital with fever. He had a very narrow escape. He crept on his hands and knees and came from hospital to the fort through all the firing.
Please give my love to all, and write soon.
Your affectionate son. D Jenkins
P's - I think we will go down to the Colony to get re-fitted, as we have lost everything.
No 295, David Jenkins, G Company, 1-24th regiment, Peitermaritzburg, Natal.