Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Seeing old friends at Bramshott

Private Collection

Sunday, February 03, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

25th Reserve Batt.

Bramshott Camp


Dear Folks at Home:-

     Well there are only a few of us in the hut tonight so I guess I may as well write my weekly letter home.  Our Canadian mail has been very irregular lately and we hardly ever get it once a week like we used to, but we generally get about a 2 weeks batch all at once. It is a rather unsatisfactory system but I guess we will have to put up with it.  It hardly ever takes a letter less than a month to come from Canada now.

     I received the box from home last week containing Mrs Orrs’ cake & candy and Mrs Kerr’s sock and the towel.  It is only when we get away from home that we realize how many friends one has.  The cocoa you are sending is fine and it surely goes great.  The sugar also comes in very handy.  It is getting quite a habit for us not to go anyplace without a couple of lumps of sugar in our pockets because they are short of sugar everywhere over here.

     Last Friday I had a short visit with Edgar Renwick .  I just came in from a hard route march on Friday afternoon when I found Edgar and Alec Findlay waiting for me in the hut.  He is on 4 days’ leave from France and came down to Witley to see the Findlays and from there he wheeled down with Alec to see me on Friday afternoon,

     I was certainly surprised and delighted to see him.  He looks well and from what he says, has a pretty good job in France.  He is right near Jack Renwick and sees Haddo Meikle often.  He tells me , like everyone else does, that signalling is about the best job there is in France.  He only stayed for a couple of hours as he wanted to go back to London that night but I was very glad to see him even for that short time.  The Findlays are both still at Witley with no immediate prospect of getting to France.

     Today we had another visitor in the person of Archie Gillies who came down from Witley where he is also stationed.  He certainly looks well and is getting quite fat so the army seems to agree with him as it does with nearly everyone.  My wife (Bill Kerr ) tells me that I am getting fat as a pig so he ought to know.

     Archie was up to Scotland on his landing leave and had a dandy time like every other Canadian who goes up there.  He was able to give us quite a bit of news about things at home having been there later than us.

     We are expecting yet another visitor any day now – Alf Gilroy as he is now on leave from France.

     Well I must close now.  Our fine weather is still keeping up and it is grand for the first of February.

     Hoping this finds you all well as it leaves me.

Lovingly 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.