Extract from a letter written to his uncle, c. 27th July 1879
"...We lost a lot of Pontypool boys out here, at the Battle of Isandhlwana. There were Alfred Farr, Dick Treverton, George Morris, Harry Smith, Charley Long and Bill Reece (from Pontnewynydd): they all got killed. I and Charley can think ourselves lucky, for we were staying in the same camp, only we were out with the General; we left Alf Farr in the tent asleep when we went out; the reason Alf stayed in was because he was butcher for the Regiment...
...From your ever affectionate nephew,
Fred Evans 2-24th Regiment."
The full letter was published in the Pontypool Free Press and Herald of the Hills, 13th Sept. 1879