Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

News from old friends

Private Collection

Sunday, July 08, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

Bramshott Camp, Hants  Eng.

July 8th , 1917

Dear Folks at Home:-

     At the end of last week I received 2 letters and the box from home and intended to answer sooner but I really didn’t have time.  The box arrived in fine condition and I was certainly overjoyed to get it.  Thanks very much for it.  I also received one from Aunt Annie & one from Avis so as some of the other boys in the hut got boxes you can imagine what a feed we had for a couple of days.  The fruit – cake was great and it is certainly the right thing to send as it keeps so well.  Of course we also enjoyed the maple sugar and Stanley’s stuff.  I wrote to him thanking him for it.  If you are sending another box sometime fruit-cake and some home-made maple cream will just about fill the bill.

     Our hut won a competition in musketry last week and for that we were given a pass over Sunday.  We had intended to wheel down to Portsmouth about 28 miles but unfortunately it rained and so we had to stay in camp.

     Don’t worry at all about Euart and I going across to France as infantrymen.  There is an order from headquarters that no signallers can be taken as infantrymen so that should settle all doubts.  Besides all the signallers in the 118th and 149th battalions which came earlier in the spring are now at the Brigade Signalling School where we expect to go soon.  Euart and Steele never got along rather well so perhaps that may have accounted for what Euart wrote his mother.  I’m afraid it wouldn’t do for her to be in the army as she would worry herself to death over nothing.

     I had a letter from Edgar Renwick last week from France and was certainly glad to hear from him.  He didn’t give me much news but he said that he was well and liked his work fine.  He is in an office and hasn’t a very dangerous position so I don’t think Aunt Jane needs to worry very much about him.  I haven’t seen John yet.

     I also had a line from Milton Seim and he reported himself well and didn’t say anything about him being wounded so it mustn’t have been very serious.

     Mr Cooper must be having a busy time these days with all the weddings that are taking place.  I really can’t believe that Archie <illegible>  is actually married to Miss Fraser.  I guess he won’t have so much time to spend in the shop now.  I hope his wife makes him toe the mark.

     I don’t think I will need to get married when I come back as I can almost be my wife now.  About the only thing we haven’t tried yet is baking.  We can wash, scrub, sew and almost everything else.

     Well I think I will close just now hoping you are all feeling as well as I am.




P. S. I almost forgot to say that I received the parcel of papers & magazines that you sent all right and was very glad to get them. 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.