Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Near the start of training

Private Collection

Thursday, July 06, 1916

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

London, July 6, 1916

Dear People:-

     I suppose you will be surprised to see that this letter is posted from London instead of from Camp Borden.

     Poor Harold Bright .  We were very much surprised and sorry to hear of his sudden death.  Everybody in the camp here, officers and men both thought a lot of him.

     We are in quarantine for spinal meningitis but I haven’t heard of any cases except Harold yet.  We were all doped this morning with stuff to guard against it.  Euart is feeling O.K. again although he still has a bit of a cold yet.

     On Wed. afternoon we went out for our first route march.  It was about 10 miles in length and just long enough for me.  I think I lost about 5 lbs. in sweat but a shower bath afterwards made me feel a lot better. 

     We had church parade this morning and that is all for today but I don’t think they will let us go down town today so will have to pass the time sleeping and reading.

     Well I must close now  Hope you are all well and write soon



Pte J. Cushnie

Signal Section

153rd Battalion

Hillcrest Camp


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.