Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Pay Day

Private Collection

Wednesday, May 30, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Letter No 8

Bramshott Camp Eng

May 30 1917

Dear People:-

     We have just had our first whole day’s work this week so I will celebrate it by writing some more letters tonight.  We have just heard that Canadian mail is coming in tomorrow but it is almost too good to be true.

     Sunday evening we had an address from a captain in the American Army who is over here in connection with YMCA work.  He was a very good speaker and besides his speech there was some good singing.  There was a chaplain with the party whose face seemed familiar to me but I couldn’t place him.  It turned out however that it was none other than Capt. Diddford whom you will well remember.  Euart was talking to him for a while and he said he was very glad to meet some Mt. Forest boys again.

     Monday being Whitmonday we had a half holiday in the afternoon.  We had a good baseball match and also some basketball.  The YMCA provided the materials which shows how indispensable that institution is.

     Tuesday afternoon we were paraded over to the big camp for a hot bath.  We certainly enjoyed it as it was the first respectable bath we had had since leaving the boat .  We also had a chance to see the big camp which is all laid out in streets and fitted out with electric lights etc.

     Wednesday afternoon is usually spent in sports but this time it was pay day and we were each given a pound, in English money of course.  By this time you will know that we do not count our wealth in dollars and cents but in pounds, shillings and pence.  It is not as simple as Canadian money but it doesn’t take long to get on to it.

     Today we were issued with new equipment.  It is a great improvement on our old stuff as it fits the body much neater and is not so heavy. It is all canvas except the brass buckles of which there are about 83, which we have to shine every morning before going on parade.

     Evan Kerruish was invited last Monday by his brother Max , who has been in the trenches 6 months and is now in England convalescing from trench fever.;  I didn’t see him but they say he looks fine although he is such a little fellow.

     We will likely have to stay in this camp until some other battalion arrives from Canada which may mean a couple of weeks yet but we are liking it better now as they are feeding us better and we will enjoy our leave all the more when we do get it.  Well I think I will close for just now.

Love to all


P.S. Please send me Milton Lewis’s address as soon as you can.  J.C.

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.