Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Details from camp, CO falls ill

Private Collection

Monday, October 16, 1916

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

This was likely written from St. Thomas, Ontario. The date was not on the letter, but is likely correct based on the envelope.

Dear People:-

     Have just come in off church parade.  We were at Knox this morning and had a rather funny service as the organist evidently forgot about it and we didn’t have any organ and so the singing went rather flat.

     Yesterday morning we had a little excitement on the route march when the Colonel took sick.  It’s a wonder he didn’t fall off his horse and indeed nearly everyone thought he had fallen off.  However they borrowed a passing cutter and got him back to barracks.  I noticed that he wasn’t on parade today though.

     I guess we’ll be coming home again on Friday for our monthly leave.  We haven’t heard anything official about it yet though.

     There was a good play put on at the Star Theatre last Wednesday by the St. Thomas Dramatic Society.  It was called “The Kerry Gow”.  The proceeds were for socks for soldiers and they must have taken in quite a bit of money as they had to give it over again on Thursday night and over 2800 people were there. 

     We haven’t had our medical yet.  The band were up and Ab Woods was found medically unfit.  He will likely be discharged soon.

Must close now

Love to all


Ab (Albert John) Woods was medically discharged, but later conscripted (October 1918).  The Kerry Gow was an Irish story (circa 1902) later made into a movie (1912).

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.