Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Making porridge in the line

Private Collection

Wednesday, April 17, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales



Dear Folks at Home:-

     Received mother’s letter of Feb 24th about a week ago and as I didn’t have an opportunity to write then I just sent you a “whizz-bang” or in other words a field post card.

     As you will notice I am writing this on my birthday and I suppose you would like to know where I am spending it.  Well at present I am sitting in a dugout “somewhere” in the line.  There are three of us here, including Bill Kerr and are fairly comfortable at present.  Fortunately it is dry weather which means a lot towards comfort in this country.

     We are lucky enough to have a stove so we have been making all kinds of fancy dishes.  Bill Kerr is chief chef although we all take a hand at it.  I think if father could taste our porridge he would join the army at once.  We have a bunk each to sleep in and it is certainly much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground although I almost think I could sleep anywhere now.

     By the way I met Nelson Campbell the other day – father will remember him as being one of the original Mt. Forest bunch.  I didn’t remember his face but when he told me who he was, I remembered him all right. He was over to England, wounded, last summer and came back to France in September.

     If the farmer boys are taking possession of the town these days as mother says, I’ll bet they’ll take a back seat when we all get back which I hope will be soon.

     Tell Stanley that I got his letter O.K. and will write soon.

     Must close now with love to all


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.