Private John Cushnie Collection

Letters and Diary

Private John Cushnie enlisted in the 153rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on March 17, 1916; his 18th birthday. He left for England in April, 1917 and then to France in March, 1918. He was wounded at Canal du Nord in September, 1918, spent the next few months in England, and then came back to Canada in December, 1918.

During the course of the war, he wrote approximatly 91 letters home from 1916 to 1918, and a diary with 220 entries from January 1918. These letters and diary entries, gratiously provided by Anne Hales and describe John's life in the CEF, from the telegram that he sent saying that he would be home for his first weekend of leave after enlisting, to the telegram that announced that he was back from Europe.

John Cushnie died on June 1, 1923, aged 25, as a result of the seemingly minor wound he received.

Private John Cushnie

Letters Home (1916-1917)

1916

1917

Letters & Diaries (1918)

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1923

Life after the war, his death and funeral

Names

A list of (identified) soldiers mentioned in the letters can be found here.

Glossary of terms and placenames

A list of some of the terms and places mentioned in the diary entries can be found here.

Map of placenames in England

A map of (identified) places mentioned in the diary can be found here.

Map of placenames in France

A map of (identified) places mentioned in the diary can be found here.

Photos

A list of photos associated with John Cusnie can be found here.