Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Describing the sights near Camp Bordon

Private Collection

Sunday, June 11, 1916

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

London June 11, 1916

Dear People:-

     This is after supper and I have an hour and a half until church so I’ll try and get this letter off.

     Last night the Daylight Saving Plan came into power here so as it is 6.40 by my watch just now it will be 5.40 at home.  We set our watches on an hour last night and so had to get up an hour earlier this morning.  When 11 o’clock came around we went out to go to church but when we got there we found out that the churches had not yet adopted the new time so we had to loaf around for an hour.  However in a little while I expect that everything will get working smoothly and we will not notice the difference except that we will have an extra hours daylight in which to play tennis.  The railroad time will not change of course but that makes things better instead of worse for me.  I don’t suppose they will adopt the new time at home but I think it is a good thing for the city.

     Yesterday afternoon we went down to Port Stanley a town down on  Lake Erie.  We went via the London Port Stanley RY – a trolley line and it cost us only 30 cents for the return trip.  It is quite a distance down there but the cars travel very fast and it does not take long to go down.  We go through St. Thomas.

     The town itself is not much of a place it being only a summer resort but there are all kinds of amusements there as you find at such places.  The weather was pretty cool or I would have gone for a swim.  There are all kinds of small boats down such as yachts etc. and it was quite interesting to me as I had never been at a port before except that time at Port Elgin.  Do you remember?

     Next week begins the second last week of our course and they are sticking on more work than ever.  We have  <illegible> work 4 nights next week from 7.30 –9.30 so we do not have much time to ourselves in the evenings.

     Today at the Methodist S.S. I ran into a fellow I know from Harriston called Lowry who played in the H.S. hockey team.  He is in the 161st .  But it seems rather funny now seeing so many more familiar faces now that the Bri. is in camp.  I hear that Col. Craig has been reinstated.  We are all very sorry to hear this but we will have to put up with him.

     This afternoon there was an auto accident at our corner when a Chevrolet coming around the corner rather fast skidded on the wet sidewalk and ran into the curb breaking off two side wheels.  Fortunately the car did not turn over and nobody was hurt.

     We have been invited to a picnic of a girls S.S. class next Saturday but I suppose it will rain as it usually does.

     If it wouldn’t be too much trouble would you mind sending down the “Rep” every week after you are through reading it.  Well I must close now.  Hoping you are all well


Write soon.     

This is part of the John Cushnie Collection. This is a collection of approximatly 98 letters from 1916 to 1918, and a diary with 220 entries from 1918. These letters and diary entries, were very gratiously provided by Anne Hales.