Private John Cushnie Collection

Gentleman's Diary & Letters Home - August 1918

Diary & Letters August 1918

Private John Cushnie wrote approximatly 91 letters home from 1916 to 1918, and a diary with 220 entries from 1918. These letters and diary entries, gratiously provided by Anne Hales and describe John's life in the CEF, from the telegram that he sent saying that he would be home for his first weekend of leave after enlisting, to the telegram that announced that he was back from Europe.

Diary August 1918

Thursday, August 1 to Tuesday, August 6
No Entry

Wednesday, August 7
Had hard going in the mud marching up. Traffic very congested in Boves. Tanks, guns and horses swarmed thru streets. Arrived at Gentelles shortly after daybreak. Had a good sleep all morning. In afternoon had to carry bombs from Brigade Dump. Edwards, Kerr, Jamieson and I were on B Coy station and we went to it after tea. Had a ball – up with the rations but finally got some. Were shelled a bit in the village and Capt Williams was wounded. Beautiful night. Were well loaded down with rations, bombs etc.

Thursday, August 8
Moved up from the village to the line which was about 2 KM away. Were shelled a bit on way up. Zero hour at 4.20 am and we got our S.R.O. then. Our artillery was great and Fritz had no come back at all except an odd stray shell. We jumped off at 5.05 and had easy going until we struck Hangard Copse where we had heavy shelling. Reached our objective about 9.30 am without having many casualties. The 3rd Brig were first wave and they had hard going. 4th Ba(ttalion) had a bad cutting up in the valley. Dug ourselves in for the night in valley.
Weather – grand.

Friday, August 9
No entry

Saturday, August 10
In the morning the machine gun had disappeared and we could roam around as much as we liked. The Imperials went up ahead through us to continue the attack. Hundreds of cavalry were around and also many tanks.

Sunday, August 11 to Saturday. August 31
No entry

Letters August 1918

Date Description
Monday, August 12, 1918 Fritz is on the run
Wednesday, August 21, 1918 We're OK
Sunday, August 25, 1918 A bit of rest, away from the front