Letters from the Front

Private William Thomas Kerr

Christmas Thank You

Private Collection

Tuesday, December 25, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Letter written to Nellie Cushnie from Will Kerr who is mentioned throughout John Cushnie's letters.

25th Reserve Battalion

Bramshott Camp

Hants, England

December 25th 1917

Dear Mrs Cushnie:-

     Just a note to thank you eversomuch for the lovely sleeping cap which you sent to mother for me.  It sure is a beaut and luckily the only one I received but socks and scarfs have come in abundance.

     We boys never expected Santa Claus to come but indeed last night he did and we’re just like a bunch of kids today opening parcels and passing them around but we didn’t get up at four o’clock to see what old Saint Nic filled our stockings with like I used to.

     This Christmas is quite different from any we ever spent before but everything is looking so home like with the officers are closing their hut to make our Xmas a happy one.  We just had the most excellent dinner and I wont tell you what we had or how we feel for I know Jack will do that – but – I think the most of us feel like having a good sleep.

     I feel quite indebted to you Mrs Cushnie for the way you have invited mother up to your home and had her meet the other boys mothers too and the fine time you gave her.  I hope you’ll soon take the pleasure in returning that visit and that we’ll all have a regular jubilee when our dear mothers welcome their boys home again.  We pray that time will soon come but first let us get our knock at our friend Bill. 

     John and I are the best of pals and more than that for John calls me his wife so wont it be a pleasure meeting your daughter some day.

     Now in closing let me thank you again for all your kindnesses and hoping that your Christmas and New Year are the brightest ever.

Very sincerely

Will T. Kerr

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.