Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Men transferred to border guard duty in Sarnia

Private Collection

Saturday, March 17, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Elgin Barracks, St. Thomas

March 17, 1917


Dear People:-

     Instead of sleeping this afternoon I think I will write a couple of letters.  This is an easy day for us as it was too muddy this morning for a route march so all we had to do was straighten our kits for a barracks inspection.

     Last Wednesday a draft of 275 men from the battalion were picked out to go to Sarnia for guard duty.  Three signallers were taken and young McKinstry was one of them.  We were all sorry to see Mac go as he was the life of the section and he didn’t have any say about it.  Quite a few Mount Forest fellows went among them Melvin Pennock , Treadwell , Fricker and several others.  They will have an easy time down there but the place is not nearly as nice as St. Thomas and the quarters are not as good either.  They will probably stay there until the battalion goes overseas.

     You will get a check for fifteen dollars sometime this month which you can put in the bank for me.

     One day last week we went to the picture show in the afternoon to see one of “Roberson’s Travelogues” Which you will remember as having been advertised so much in the Toronto Star.  The subject was “France and the Battlefields of Verdun”.  We were all disappointed in it however as it wasn’t nearly as good as we thought it would be.

     Euart has been feeling fine since he got back and I think is all over his trouble.

     Guess I will close now

Love to all


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.