Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Route marches, Firing range and other misc. news

Private Collection

Thursday, November 23, 1916

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

St. Thomas Nov 23/16

Dear People:-

      Received mother’s welcome letter on Monday and I wrote one myself on Sunday but forgot to mail it.

     We were mighty glad to get out of quarantine on Monday noon and I don’t think there were many fellows in barracks that night.

     On Tuesday we were all up to London to the Range again for shooting.  We had to fire 25 rounds each.  We had a pretty nice day of it as the weather was fine and we enjoyed the outing.

     Yesterday we were out on our weekly all day route march.  It wasn’t a very strenuous one this time though as it was a dandy day and we only went about fourteen miles.  I am beginning to enjoy the route marches now as it breaks the monotony of the week’s work and it certainly toughens us up.

     From all accounts we will be home again next Friday on our monthly leave unless we are in quarantine again for measles.

     They took McKinstry (my bedmate) off when we were examined on Monday because he had .2 of a temperature but after keeping him for 48 hrs they let him out again last night.

     Am enclosing a snap of Jim Murdock that Wells took with my camera. Lovingly John

The "Wells" referred to in the last line is the 9 year old brother of John. 

There were no James/Jim Murdocks serving with the 153rd Battalion. This could be referring to Alexander Murdock, although it is likely that he is a friend of John's younger brother Wells and the photo was taken while John was at home on leave.

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.