Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Mother's Day in France

Private Collection

Sunday, May 12, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales


France, May 12th 1918

Dear Folks at Home:-

      As you will notice by the headlines this is Mothers’ Day which is observed in France even as in Canada.

     This morning we had a special church service with a special sermon by the padre on “Mothers Day”.  Our church was in a very pretty little French orchard fenced by hedges and although there was no pulpit and no seats other than on the green grass, it was none the less impressive because of that.  The band took the place of the organ and it was great to hear so many singing the old familiar hymns.  After the service quite a number of the boys stayed for Sacrament which was administered by the Padre.  By the way you may not know that Padre is the name given to the chaplain by the boys in France.

     I had a nice letter yesterday from Aunt Lillie dated Feb 18th .  She said at that time Uncle Jack was taking anniversary services at Ararat his first mission in Australia.  They both seem to be very much in love with the charge they have now in Gellrng?  I suppose Aunt  Lillie wont be anxious to come back to Canada again.

     Little McKinstry landed in England the other day.  Euart had a letter from him the other day saying he was in segregation camp.  I am rather sorry to hear that news because he isn’t very strong and may not be able to stand it over here.  Besides he will be treated just like a conscript in Blighty.

      By the way if ever I should write or cable for money from France please send it in a registered letter as money orders etc are very hard to get cashed over here while Canadian money can easily be exchanged.

     We have met some of the old 153rd boys lately who are in a Machine Gun Battalion.  None that you know though I think.  One is everlastingly meeting some person you know over here.

     Must close now, with heaps of love to all     John

P.S. Please don’t send any more “Macleans because Eedy gets it and we all try to have a different one sent so we can pass them around.  If you would send the “Red Book” magazine every month, would be greatly obliged.  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.