Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

After a route march during training

Private Collection

Thursday, April 19, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

St. Thomas Apr 19/17

Dear People:-

     Rec’d mothers welcome letter today & also the box last Monday.  We all thought the cakes were fine and enjoyed them very much.

     I am feeling rather tired tonight as we were out on an all-day route march today – down to Port Stanley and back a distance of about 20 miles.  WE had dinner down there at a hotel.  It was pretty hot as we had our packs on but a little sweat didn’t do us any harm.  We got in at 5 o'clock a pretty tired bunch but a shower bath and supper freshened me up wonderfully.

     McKinstry was down tonight from London.  He doesn’t like it very well there and would much rather be here.  I hear the bunch is coming back from Sarnia soon and I hope it’s true as we all miss Archie and Euart very much.

     We haven’t heard any more about overseas lately and I haven’t the least idea when we will go.;  It may be next week or next month for all anyone knows around here.

     We have been having decent warm weather here lately and I hope it keeps up.

     Hope you are all well 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.