Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Letter home on a Sunday afternoon

Private Collection

Sunday, January 14, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

St Thomas Jan 14/17

Dear People:-

     Have just awakened from a Sunday afternoon’s nap and as I have an hour before supper I will write my Sunday letter.

     Was sorry to hear you were sick mother with the grippe but I hope you will be feeling alright again by this time.  I have been feeling great lately myself so don’t worry about me at all.

     We got some new clothes yesterday and I was certainly glad to get them.  I was almost ashamed to go out with the clothes that I had especially when they will not let us wear riding  breeches at all now.

     No I haven’t had a letter from Aunt Annie this year yet but I wrote to her last Sunday and received as an answer a dandy box of “eats” from her and Grandma but there wasn’t any letter in it.  The candies are Aunt Annie’s favorites you know- dates all fixed up and the cakes were great too.

     I played in a junior hockey match with London last Wednesday and we managed to get licked by 4 – 2.  It was a dandy game all the same.

     Archie couldn’t stay away from his “ain folk” so now he is back to the Presbyterians again and goes to Knox with us. Knox church are giving the Presbyterians in the 153rd a big banquet next Thursday night so I am certainly glad this time that <I'm> a Presbyterian.

     We haven’t had our medical board yet and don’t expect it for 2 weeks yet.  Sergeant Bryant is back and is afraid he will be turned down as they are very severe. 

     Jim Tanner and Archie Roberts seem to be enjoying the life O.K. down here.  Hope this finds you all well.  Lovingly


Sergeant Bryant is possibly Robert Bryant, who was with the 153rd for 15 months, then re-attested in 1917 withthe CFA.

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.