Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Life in camp, February, 1918

Private Collection

Saturday, February 23, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

4th Reserve Batt.

Bramshott Camp

Hants, Eng


Dear Folks at Home:-

     Last week I got a big batch of mail including your three letters, the last one dated Jan 27th and also mother’s box.  It was so long since we had had any mail from Canada that it was quite a shock to get so much but I guess we’ll recover all right from a shock like that.

     Everything in the box was in good condition and the box itself was in as good shape as when it left you.  I have just tasted the maple syrup only, but it is all right and we will no doubt have a spread with it some night.

     We have had quite a busy week moving huts etc. since coming into our new reserve but we are fairly well settled now – at least I hope so.

     Yesterday, what is left of the 160th and 161st battalions from Whitley came to our reserve as they have split up the 5th Division at last and are either sending them to France or to Reserve Battalions.

     At present Euart and I are working in the Western Ontario Depot Orderly Room acting as  operators over telephone wire.  The work is just like that of a telegraph operator although it could hardly be called work as there is absolutely nothing to it.  We work in 5 hour a day shifts so you can see that we have quite a bit of spare time at our disposal now.  The best of this job however is that we are practically our own bosses and are not troubled with sergeant – majors etc.  I hope we will be able to hold down this job until we go to France.

     This morning I met young Harold Drummond whom you will remember.  He has just come back from France where he has been this last four months.  He was brought back because he is only 17 and will likely be sent back to Canada as they are not supposed to go to France until 19 years of age.

     I am enclosing a few snaps in this letter.  The groups are some of the boys in our hut.  I don’t suppose you will know any of them except Harold Morrison and myself but please keep the snaps anyway for me.

     Well I must close now hoping this finds you all in the best of health. 



Harold Drummond was born in March 1900, and was 15 years old on enlistment

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.