Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Spending a Sunday while waiting to depart

Private Collection

Saturday, April 07, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

St. Thomas Apr 7/17

Dear People:-

      This is Sunday afternoon and we have just come in from a walk.  There was no church parade this morning as there are only about 50 men here but Bill Kerr and I went to Knox anyway.  The church was all nicely decorated for the day with Easter lilies etc and there were quite a few there.  We heard some dandy music from the choir too. Tonight we are going to First Methodist where there is going to be an organ recital.

     Well I don’t think we are leaving St. Thomas this week at least the order to leave on the 10th has been cancelled and we will likely go now about the 30th .

      There are so few men here now that they are putting signallers on guard.  I have just been on once yet though.  That was Friday, Good Friday at that but I didn’t mind it much though.  I didn’t have to walk a beat as I was Corporal of the guard.  The only thing I had to do was relieve the sentries every 2 hours which practically meant that I had to stay up all night.  However I had all day yesterday to sleep so it was all right.

     Think I will close now.

Love to all



Will send the socks early this week J.C.


Just discovered this letter which I thought I had posted on Sunday.

     We expect to leave any day for overseas but I hardly think it will be this week.



Knox refers to Knox Presbyterian Church on Hincks Street in St. Thomas

Bill Kerr likely refers to William Kerr , but could also be Robert Gordon Kerr , who was also with the 153rd and was from a town close to Mount Forest and would have been more likely to have been known by Private Cushnie's parents.

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.