Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Don't send sox, send some humbugs instead

Private Collection

Friday, July 26, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales



Dear Folks at Home:-

     Received two letters from you this last week of June 30th and July 6th also the box containing the pair of sox and the underwear.  The underwear is fine for us in this summer weather.  Also enjoyed the eats in the box very much as we had just come out of the line and I found it waiting for me when we got out.  Don’t bother sending me any more sox until the cold weather comes again as I have several pair on hand and if I need any I have only to write to Bill’s cousin in Scotland as I left several pair with her before coming to France.  I know that wool is a terrible price now in Canada so there is no use your sending me socks just now when I don’t absolutely need them.

     Well I have met Edgar at last and also his brother Jack.  He was in the next town to me so I made a little trip over to see him and then we also went to see Jack who was only a couple of kilometres away.  We spent a very pleasant afternoon indeed.  We made arrangements to meet again the next day to have a picture taken to send home but unfortunately our battalion had to move so I couldn’t go.  However I will likely see them again as I know enough in the line although it gets horribly sloppy and muddy when it rains.

     Oh yes I forgot to tell you that I also saw Haddo Meikle again when I saw Edgar.

     I guess a letter wouldn’t be complete unless I was asking for something.  This time it is some “humbugs” – you know the candies you buy in the drug store.

     Well I must close.  We are all well and hope you are the same.

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.