Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Displeasure at conscription exemptions

Private Collection

Monday, January 07, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Only the last two pages of this letter survive. The envelope was dated January 7, 1918, Bramshott Camp.


By the paper it seems as if nearly anyone can get an exemption just now and I don’t know hardly any of the ones who were not allowed exemptions.  The farmers certainly are getting the preference but then I suppose they are really needed to produce foodstuffs.

     Euart was certainly angry when he heard that both the Hutchinsons had been exempted.  Perhaps if they had come before the board in Mt. Forest it would have been different.  Euart has gone down to Seaford this week to take the same course as I took along with 3 others from the 153rd .  I got my certificate for the course the other day which was a big surprise for me as I didn’t expect it at all.

     New Years passed uneventfully although we had a holiday.  Our chief luxury for the day was that we arose at 8.30 instead of the usual 6 o’clock reveille. Please send Mrs Kerr’s socks on as I would probably use them more here in England than when I go to France.

     We had a visit last week from Griffin Hill one of our old section who has been in the hospital ever since July 12th with lung trouble.  He is now at the big Canadian hospital at Orpingham.  He expects to go back to Canada shortly.  I would like to be going with him but I think I would rather go to France and take the chance than go back to Canada with his trouble.  He is from Fergus.

     Rob Tucker seems to have landed into a good soft job all right.  I had a letter from Aunt Annie yesterday saying that they had had a visit from him upon his return from Vancouver.

     We have been having very cold weather here although it is a different kind of cold that we have in Canada.  I don’t suppose the thermometer goes very low as there isn’t much frost but the wind is very raw and seems to go right through one.

     I have applied for my pass this week but I don’t know whether I’ll get it or not .  I am thinking of going to Ireland this time.

     Well I must close hoping this finds you all well



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.