Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

On being wounded

Private Collection

Wednesday, September 04, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales



Dear Folks at Home:-

     You will be anxiously waiting for particulars since you were notified that I have been wounded.

     Well to sum the whole thing up in a nutshell there is no cause to worry at all because all my “wound” is, is a hole in the muscle of my left arm.  It is about the size of a 10 cent piece and was caused by a small piece of shrapnel.  My arm is a little stiff and makes it rather awkward in dressing etc. but otherwise it is fine as it hardly pains at all.

     In fact as one of the fellows here said mine is the kind of “Blighty” you dream about.

      I am at one of the Base Hospitals here and they certainly use us right here.  It is indeed a luxury to get between white sheets again and have a good sleep after what we have been through this last month.

     The doctor had a look over me this morning and marked my ticket for “Blighty” so I expect to leave for England either tonight or tomorrow morning.

     I am not sending any address now but will write as soon as I get settled down in a hospital in England.

     I am truly thankful to be alive today and I consider myself very lucky to be getting out of it at this time.  I don’t know how the other fellows are but they were O.K. when I left.

     Must close now with heaps of 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.