Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Signal School

Private Collection

Tuesday, August 28, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Bramshott Camp, Hants Eng.
August 28th , 1917

Dear Folks at Home:-

     Just received your letter of August 5th and also the parcel of papers etc. sent about the same time.  Thanks so much for the papers.  After reading them, they usually go the round of the hut and everybody appreciates Canadian magazines etc. as they are much better than English ones.

     I guess Mrs. Filoline? Jr. will have quite a time managing Archie.  Does he still smoke that old pipe of his as much as ever.

     Wells will be able to wear father's shoes now I suppose.  I guess he will get along alright at H.S.

     We have been at the Divisional Signal School this last week and Like it fine.  We find that there are many new things we have to take up here such as Signalling to aeroplanes, care of pigeons and many changes in the old stuff.  It will likely be quite a while before we qualify over here.

     Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Capt. Cameron of Toronto giving an address at the YMCA.  He is that Cameron who was up in Mt. Forest about 10 years ago with the McMaster students.  He has been to France in Connection with the YMCA and he gave a splendid address.  He doesn't talk like a preacher at all but he is one of the best speakers I have ever heard.

     Was glad to hear Jim Renwick is better.  I saw Alex Findlay last week when he came down to see me.  He and Murray are both well and don't know when they will go to France.

     We are all in one hut again and it seems something like old times.  Harold Morrison is also with us now.

     Well I must close hoping you are all well.

Lovingly John

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.