Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Another Sunday in Quarantine

Private Collection

Sunday, May 20, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Bramshott Camp May 20/17

Dear People:-

     Another Sunday and still we are in this quarantine camp.  There is no sickness to speak of here though and we expect to move our any day.  There is no large place around here to go to anyway so we wouldn’t be much better off., the only thing being that we would go on our pass as soon as we get out.

     Some Canadian mail came yesterday but I didn’t get any.  It was all mail that had been forwarded from St. Thomas however so there wasn’t very much.  We are expecting the rest of it tomorrow.

     On Friday night we had a swell concert.  It was all outside talent supplied through the YMCA There were two lady singers, a male comedian and a ventriloquist and they certainly put up a good concert for us.

     We have had fine weather since we came.  There was only one rainy day last week and we weren’t sorry for it as it was a holiday for us.  Sleeping in tents certainly appeals to me as I always sleep very soundly.  We have certainly been having good hours here- I don’t think we have been in bed later than 9.30 since we arrived.  They have day light saving here and it is usually light when we go to bed. 

     On our route marches we see many things which are different from home.  One thing which is very noticeable is the large number of bicycles used.  Everybody, boys and girls, men and women, seem to ride bicycles.  Over here you never see a buggy – they are all 2 – wheeled c arts called dogcarts which hardly ever hold more than 2 people.  They look rather funny at first but I guess you get used to it.  The one thing that seems to exist everywhere is the Ford.  There seems to be just as many and perhaps more Fords here than in Canada.

     Lou McLuhan was at the camp last Friday but I didn’t see him as I was out on a route march.  Russel Reynolds was talking to him.  He says that his hair is as white as snow but that he looks well.  I hope to see Jim Renwick soon.

     Well I think I will close.  We are all well and hope you are the same.

Love to all


P.S. This is the fifth letter I have written since we landed

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.