Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Visiting Tennysonís home

Private Collection

Monday, July 30, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Bramshott Camp July 30, 1917

Dear Folks at home:-

     Received mother’s letter of the 9th and also the one you forwarded from Aunt Lillie.  I also got your box and it was in fine shape and we certainly enjoyed the contents.  Thanks very much for it.  My socks, shirts, towels, handkerchiefs etc. are all ok so don’t worry about that at all.  I do all my own washing as you can’t get a decent job done around here and besides it saves money.  However we can get plenty of hot water and sunlight soap so I get along not too badly.

     My finances are in fine state and yesterday I banked £4 at the YMCA for a rainy day.  It will come in handy if I go on another pass.

     Last Sunday with a chap called Harold Watt I went to see Tennyson’s home which is about 5 miles from here.  It is certainly the most beautiful spot I have yet seen in England.  It is situated on the top of a steep hill and from there you can see the countryside for miles around.  The house isn’t very large itself but it is very old and built of stone and looks very aristocratic.  The grounds around are kept in beautiful condition and there are flowers and lawns in great profusion.  One could easily imagine how it was that Tennyson was such a great poet with such a beautiful house.

     Well I must close now and hope that you are all well as I am.

Love to all


P.S. Are you getting the assigned pay all right?

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.