Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Sports Day in Bramshott

Private Collection

Thursday, May 24, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Letter No 6  Bramshott Camp Eng May 24, 1917

Dear People:-

     It is the 24th of May and a holiday at home I suppose.  They do not celebrate Victoria Day here though so I guess we’ll carry on as usual.  Our holiday comes on WhitMonday which is about the first day in June.  Yesterday afternoon we had sports and we enjoyed them very much.  Besides running, jumping etc they had a football match and several other games.  The favorite one is to form a large circle with 2 fellows blindfolded in the centre.  One has a sock full of straw and the other a tin can with a stone in it.  The man with the can rattles it to show where he is and the other fellow tries to hit him with the bag.  It was certainly great fun for the lookers-on and I laughed until the tears ran down our cheeks.

     We expect to get out of this camp about the end of this week.  I haven’t decided for sure yet whether to go to London or Scotland for my pass but I expect it will be Scotland.

     I have received no mail from home yet nor have any of the Mt. Forest boys.  However, I got a letter from Jamison Martin which was something at any rate.  He is at Shorncliffe with a battery and when he had written May 1st, they had been in quarantine since they landed March 15, so they had rather bad luck.  He had written a letter to Douglas Smith who <possibly wrote> to him that he would meet him in London on a certain day.  However poor Jim was in quarantine so he couldn’t get out.  By that I guess Douglas must have been to England for a leave. 

     I haven’t heard from Jim Renwick yet so I guess he didn’t get my letter.

     As we expected signalling is quite a bit different here from what it was in Canada so we have quite a bit to learn.

     We heard the other day that they weren’t going to split up the 153rd but were going to fill it up from other battalions and send it to the front as a unit.  However I think that is too good to b e true.

     Well I must close now as it is near parade time.

Love to all


Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday is the day after Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Easter.

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.