Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Their private river

Private Collection

Sunday, June 30, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales



Dear Folks at Home:-

     Received mother’s letter of the 9th yesterday.  I haven’t got the 2 boxes you sent about May 26th or the one you mentioned in your last letter but none of the other boys have received boxes as late as May 26th so they will probably turn up all right.

     Tomorrow is Dominion Day and we shall probably have a holiday to celebrate it.  There are going to be some sports I guess though I don’t know whether I will be able to go or not.

     I am enclosing the picture of our section in this letter.  There is quite a mob of us isn’t there?

The names that are underlined are the ones who came across to France on the same draft with me.

     Was glad to here that Gordon Hastie was turned down when he tried to enlist.  He certainly deserves credit for trying at any rate which is more than some others.

     Bill and I have a “bivouac” that we are living in at present.  It is just like some of the ones Wells1 and I used to build out in our backyard but it is just the thing for this warm summer weather.  There is a river running by right almost at our doorstep so we will not want for a bath at any time.

     We had a little visit from Bob Bryant2 our old signal sergeant the other evening.  He came to France with the artillery last October but his fighting days are over as he took trench fever last winter and he now has an easy job.  He looks well and is quite fat.  He was quite pleased to see us as we were to see him.  We also met some old 153rd fellows who are now in the 18th Battalion.

     Well Bill wants me to go out shopping – in other words to see what we can find in the way of “eats” so I think I will close now.  With best love to all


1) Wells is Johns younger brother

2) This is likely Bob Bryant


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.