Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Musketry course at Longmoor range

Private Collection

Sunday, August 05, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Longmoor Ranges, Hants, Eng

August 5th , 1917

Dear Mother and Father:-

     Was glad indeed to get your joint letter of July 16th yesterday just before we left for the ranges.

     We have been looking forward to going to the ranges for about a month now but at last we are here much to our satisfaction.  I suppose you know the reason we are so anxious to get down here is because we are not allowed to start signalling again until we have taken our 10 days’ musketry course.  We are just about “fed up” on infantry drill so that signalling will come as a welcome change.

     Then again everyone who has been down here says that this 10 days is just something like a picnic because there’s is hardly any discipline and we are allowed to do pretty well as we like off parade.  We don’t have to clean equipment down here and that alone takes a big load off our minds as it takes up most of our spare time off parade.  Euart , Archie and I have managed to escape being<illegible> so far but I think it has been more by good luck than good management as nearly everyone has been up “on the report”.

     Like you in Canada, we have been having a wet spell lately and it rained almost incessantly all last week.  Yesterday we marched the 8 miles to Longmoor through the rain but we had our great-coats on and didn’t get wet through.

     We found things yesterday in a general state of muddiness here and being in tents again instead of huts didn’t improve matters much.  However a few hours’ sunshine today has dried things up wonderfully and now there is just a mud puddle here and there.

     The signallers all bunched together and there are 11 of us in one of those bell tents so you can imagine how crowded we are.  Bill Kerr and I bunk together and we had quite a time last night disposing of our long legs.  However it is only for 10 days so I guess we can endure it that long.

     I was awfully sorry to hear about Jim Renwick being wounded but I hope that it isn’t serious and that he will bet a trip back to “blighty” out of it.  It was too bad I didn’t see him before he left for France.

     I hope that you will not have to move out of the old house because of those Scotts.  Smiths shouldn’t let you go just because of those scalawags.

     This morning a few of us went to an English Church in a town called Liss near here.  The service was something like that at home only a little more like the R.C. and we would have preferred a good old Presbyterian service.  There isn’t a Presbyterian church to be seen around here but there is a “United Church” which embraces Presbyterious, Methodists, Congregationalists just like Church Union.  I usually go to the service in the YMCA on Sunday night as there is always a good Canadian speaker and some good singing there.

     Well I must close now hoping you are all well as this leaves me

Your loving Son


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.

The Longmoor ranges are located west of Liphook, southwest of Bramshott.

Liss is south of the Longmoor Ranges