Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Just to say we are OK

Private Collection

Sunday, April 07, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

This letter is in envelope with John’s signature stating that his letter is only about “private and family matters”, undoubtedly to see if the censors were actually opening them.

Somewhere in France

7 – 4- 18

Dear Folks at Home:-

     I really haven’t had a chance to write letters for this last 2 weeks or so but I am taking advantage of the opportunity now to write you. 

     I received your parcel dated about Feb 7th on March 26th .  The cake and candy certainly were great and the cocoa came in very handy too.  If you can get canned heat of any description I wish you would send me some as it comes in very handy when a fire isn’t available.

     I can’t tell you much about our trips in the trenches because you will notice what is on the outside of this envelope but we all got along OK and have become somewhat accustomed to it.

     I wish you would send me one of those small writing pads in some of your parcels.  A YMCA is not always handy and paper is often a scarce article.

     Alf Gilroy paid us a call the other day and he is just the same as ever.  He hasn’t broadened out much but is much fatter in the face which makes him look better than he used to.

     This isn’t much of a letter but I am just writing it to tell you that we are all O.K. in every respect.

With best love to all


P.S. Please tell me if the envelope is opened by the censor. 

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.