Letters from the Front

Private John Cushnie

Privileges of a wounded soldier

Private Collection

Thursday, September 19, 1918

Transcribed by: Anne Hales

The letter was dated as 19-8-1918, but it had to be after John was hospitalized

Ward 12 Main

Norfolk War Hospital

Thorpe, Norwich


19-8- 18

Dear Folks at Home:-

     Received father’s letter of August 25th yesterday which had been forwarded from France.

     Well I am now a convalescent case as my arm is healing up nicely and I don’t suppose it will take very long to heal up.

     I don’t expect to be here much longer as they are sending nearly all the Canadians to Canadian hospitals.  I expect to be sent to Epson Convalescent Hospital but am not at all sure of that.

I will be glad to go to a Canadian Hospital as I will feel more at home there.  Most of the Imperials are grand fellows of course but they are not our own people and besides I would likely meet someone I know at a Canadian Hospital.

     I have been out quite a bit this last few days as I am now free to go about as I please.  I usually go for a walk every afternoon.  The country is very beautiful around here, and there are some wonderful roads.  The weather has brightened up somewhat this last few days and it is much nicer when it isn’t everlastingly raining.  I go into Norwich occasionally as it is just a nice walk – about 2 ½ miles.  Being in “blues” of course we get all kinds of privileges which the ordinary soldier doesn’t enjoy.  For example we can go into any picture show in Norwich free of charge.  Of course the main reason for this is because we don’t get any pay in hospital.  Don’t be surprised if you get a cable asking you to mail money as I probably shall as soon as I get into a place where I will be staying for a month or so.

     I had a letter from Bill Kerr the other day and he said that they were all O.K.  I was the only one in the section to get wounded in  the Arras Scrap and Bill tells me that they are all envying me my luck.

     I can quite understand that you must have felt very anxious for a couple of weeks until you got my first letter after I was wounded but there is really no cause to worry at all now as I am better off now than I have been for the past year or so.

     Well I must close now with best 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.