Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Moving to a new Hospital on the outskirts of London

Private Collection

Thursday, September 26, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Clarence House

Priory Lane


London S.W.


Dear Folks at Home:-

     Well as you will observe I have changed my place of living again.  They evidently had a spite against us Canadians at Norwich because they shipped practically all of us out the other day.  I though that the Norfolk Hospital was a pretty good place but this is even better so we can thank the people at Norfolk for sending us out.

     This is a Canadian Red Cross Hospital – not a thing English about it.  It is not a very large one as there are only about 125 patients in all which is quite a change from the other place which had over 1800 patients.

     Being a convalescent Hospital we are allowed much more freedom than in the other place and indeed everything is much better. 

      Instead of being in a ward, four of us have a cute little room with four beds in it all to ourselves.  In fact it seems like a large  boarding house only with many more conveniences.

      We are just on the outskirts of London – about 10 mile from it in fact.  The nearest place of any size is Putney – about 1 ½  miles from here, which is one of the suburbs of London.  I was down there yesterday for a walk and it seems to be quite a large place.

     You will be surprised to hear that I saw Wes Seaman the day that I came here.  I was passing through the headquarters of this Hospital which is several miles from here when I saw him.  Perhaps we weren’t a surprised pair! I was only there for a few hours before I had to leave for here but I was certainly glad to see a familiar face even for that short time.  He expects to leave for Canada soon and I envy him his luck.  He looks splendid though and seems to be holding up the Seaman’s reputation in the eating line.

     I get better attention here than at the other hospital as I have my arm dressed twice a day while it was only once in the other place.  The hole is healing up splendidly and beyond a little stiffness I would hardly know there was anything wrong with it.  I have dispensed with the sling now as they said I didn’t need to wear it any more.

     Well I must close for the present and will write again soon.

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.