Diary & Letters December 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 December 1918
Saturday, December 7
Reveille at 2 PM. Breakfast at 3. Fell in & marched to Wilford station. Had a long wait there before the train came. Very wet & muddy. Entrained about 7 PM and I slept nearly all the way to Southampton. Got there about 11 AM and went right on board Olympia. Was assigned to D deck but moved upstairs to B. Many troops came on that day. About 8000 altogether. Had good dinner & supper & went to bed early.
Sunday, December 8
Got up early as I was on Mess Orderly for the day. We sailed just after dinner about 1.30 PM. Great crowd at the docks to see us off. Mayor of Southampton, soldiers, scouts, girls gave us a great send off. Weather was fine and it looked like a good voyage. Didn’t feel in the least sick all day. Not very many sick first day.
Monday, December 9
Woke up in morning and found things pretty rough. Quite a few of the boys were sick. We had pay parade in the morning and each man got $5 Canadian money.
Slept quite a bit during the day as it was too rough to walk around very much.
Weather still pretty rough but still I didn’t get seasick. Missed dinner by sleeping through it.
Letters December 1918