Saturday 12th December 1914: Major W. H. Denne, commanding officer of the 2nd
It is most satisfactory to the Regiment to know they are so loyally supported by so unselfish a county. Our task, no matter how unpleasant to may seem, is made all the more congenial by the fact that it is backed up by the esteem and approval of a grateful nation.
Believe me 'Friends of Bedfordshire' your soldiers at the front are as grateful for your comforts as you are of their services. All ranks of the Bedfordshire Regiment extend their hearty thanks and very sincere wishes to you all for Christmas".
Source: Bedfordshire Times 11th December 1914