Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

On arrival at Bramshott Camp, England

Private Collection

Tuesday, May 08, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Bramshott Camp Eng. 8/5/17

Dear Folks at Home:-

     At last we have arrived at our English camp and we are now in 10 days quarantine before going on our 8 days’ pass to Scotland.

     We certainly had a grand trip all the way although we were a little sick on the ship.  Almost as soon as we got out of the harbour the sea began to get rough and also the boys began to get sick.  I am not telling the name of our ship or anything like that in this letter as I want this to be sure and pass the censor.  I will write a letter again and give you more particulars.  I was only a little sick the first day out but some of the fellows were sick for a couple of days.  After the first 3 days we struck finer weather and then things were fine.

      We had good sleeping quarters and I have never had such good meals before.  We actually had a chicken a couple of times. After landing we had a 10 hours’ train trip to this camp.  The country we passed through is certainly the most beautiful I ever saw and I can’t begin to describe how beautiful it was.  The trains certainly travel very fast and as there are no level c rossings do not lose any time that way.  We passed through many tunnels all of which were blacker than ink.  We do not know where we will go on our pass but I think it will be Scotland.

     They are certainly strict with food here and do not allow any to be wasted.  Fortunately I am not a very heavy eater compared with some of the others so it will not effect me much.

     Will write again soon at longer length.  Send your mail to my old address as I don’t know for sure where we will camp.  Love John

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.