Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Quiet days at the front

Private Collection

Wednesday, June 19, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales



Dear Folks at Home—

     This last week I have received mother’s letter of May 28th and also the box sent about the middle of April with the cake and Mr Yeoman’s drug store enclosed.  Horace’s contributions were certainly welcome especially the Sabadilla Powder.  I wrote last night thanking him for it.

     When Edgar wrote that I have been in a “battle”, he probably meant that I had been in the trenches and not in a real “show” such as Vimy, Passchendaele etc, so don’t worry about that.

     If ever I run across Geo. Heyd ’s grave I will certainly write to Mts. Heyd as you asked.  Perhaps I would find it easier though if you would ask Mrs Heyd what battalion he was in, I could find it easier by asking his chums.

     I suppose the way things are running now, that they will soon be getting Church Union in Mt. Forest.  The people in the two churches seem to get along pretty well together.

     Last week there was a big Sports Day and we met Alec Martin there.  He is only a few kilometers away and we shall probably see him a few more times at least before we move from here.

     I haven’t seen either of the Renwicks yet but there is no doubt that I will sometime or other.  Alec told me that he had met Alec Findlay over here but that Murray had not yet left England as he was sick.

     The poor old farmers seem to be taking it pretty badly about conscription.  In fact by the way some of them act they mustn’t think anyone else is called up at all.

     We are having an easy time these days as we only have parade in the mornings and have the afternoon to ourselves.

     Must close now with love to all.


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.