Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Sports day at Bramshott

Private Collection

Saturday, September 15, 1917

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

25th Reserve Bn.

Bramshott Camp, Hants

Sept 15th , 1917

Dear Folks at Home:-

     Harry Steele and I are the only two in our hut who aren’t out some place tonight so we are passing the time by writing letters.

     This afternoon there was a big Military Fete and sports on our Grounds.  There were Englich, Canadian, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans taking part so it was quite an international affair.

     The main attraction was a baseball match between the 25th representing Bramshott and the Champions of the Fifth Division from Whitley.  The 25th won out by 8 – 1.  We have one of the best ball teams in England in our battalion and the players are nearly all old 153rd men.

     Our work down at the School is going along as per usual.  We have exams and tests every week just like we used to have in Canada.

     Tomorrow four of us are going to pay a visit to Whitley Camp.  Bryant is up there with a battery now.  He is going to France in a draft next week so I would like to see him before he goes.  I will also likely see the Findlay boys who are up there.

     I had a letter from Clarence Morrison .  He is in a hospital at Shorncliff recovering from an attack of diptheria.  I was quite surprised to hear that he is still in England as I thought most of the Bantams were in France.

     We are having grand weather here for September and I hope it keeps up with it.  We have really had splendid weather ever since we landed over four months ago and you couldn’t want nicer weather than we are having now.

     Well I must close hoping you are all well as I am.



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.