Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Rumours about going home

Private Collection

Monday, November 25, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

4th Reserve

Witley Camp

Surrey , Eng



Dear Folks at Home:-

     Well I actually got one letter last week from home dated Oct 20th .  I also received the magazine and the Mt. F. papers this morning so I should be getting some more soon.  I haven’t received a box since leaving France and I have just heard of one box which they got at the battalion .  

     We are doing very little in the nature of parades etc. these days.  There are many wild rumours flying around about what they are going to do with us now that the war is over.  I suppose the married men and men with the longest service in France will be the first to go on the boat.

     Ivy Mcfadyn1 and Wat Buschlen left here yesterday for Liverpool.  They are sending the unfit men home first whether they have been to France or not.

     Harvey Davidson is here now.  I saw him yesterday and he looks fine and doesn’t seem to be suffering from the effects of the gas.

     I was very sorry to hear about the deaths of Charlie Wilson and Russell Webster .  It seems to me that nearly all the 153rd boys seem to have figured in the casualty lists.

     My long overdue sick furlough is coming through at last and I expect to leave on Wednesday.  Edinburgh is my destination but I intend dropping in on Bill Kerr’s cousin for a day or so as she has some socks etc. of mine.

     Well I must close now as there isn’t much news from this place.

     Hope you are all well as this leaves me.

Love to all




P.S. Your box has arrived since I wrote the above – the one sent to Norwich .  

Everything in it was fine and the cake wasn’t a bit spoiled in spite of the length of time on the road.  Between Harvey, Ira Morrison, Ira Campbell and myself we managed to get around quite a bit of it and we certainly enjoyed it.


1) Ivan McPhaden

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.