The following is an extract from a letter written to the father of Lt. Edwards Hopton Dyson:
"‘The last person who saw your son and escaped, that I can find, was Captain Essex, 75th Regiment, Acting Transport Officer. He tells me that just before the Zulu horsa got round our flanks and the last overwhelming rush was made, Dyson was with one section of his Company, which was in skirmishing order to the left-front of the camp. He gave orders to retire, and I believe, from another witness, that he and all his Company rejoined the main body without loss. The five Companies were then together in a line, giving volley after volley into dense masses of Zulus at only 150 yards range. The men were laughing and chatting, and thought they were giving the blacks an awful hammering, when suddenly the enemy came down in irresistible numbers from the rear; the left and right flanks came in with a rush, and in a few moments all was over.’"