Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Reorganizing the 153rd prior to departure

Private Collection

Monday, April 16, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

St. Thomas Apr 16/17

Dear People:-

     Didn’t have a chance to write yesterday as I was out nearly all day so am writing first thing this morning.

     There is nothing new in the line of going overseas but the general impression is that we will leave either the end of this week or next week.  Last night there was a dandy band concert, the farewell appearance of our band and I think it was the best one that I have heard yet.  I was out to tea with some friends of Bill Kerr and we didn’t go to church in the evening as we wanted to take in the band concert.

     In the morning the Presbyterians in the battalion wen t to Knox and heard Ben Spence give a lengthy spiel on Prohibition.  He is a good speaker but he kept us until 12.45 and our dinner was cold when we got back to barracks.

     Mrs. Perry is down here.  I saw her yesterday but wasn’t speaking to her.

     They are going to reorganize the 153rd as a true company battalion this week so quite a few of the officers will have to go and quite a few N.C.O.s  revert to the ranks.

     Will close now and I will drop you a card if I hear we’re going this week.



Knox refers to Knox Presbyterian Church on Hincks Street in St. Thomas

Bill Kerr likely refers to William Kerr , but could also be Robert Gordon Kerr , who was also with the 153rd and was from a town close to Mount Forest and would have been more likely to have been known by Private Cushnie's parents.

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.