Realignment of the CEF in England
Sunday, February 17, 1918
Transcribed by: Anne Hales
4th Reserve Batt.
Dear Folks at Home:-
I suppose the first thing for me to do will be to explain my change in address you will notice above. Well, the 25th Reserve is no more as we were amalgamated with the 4th last week and are now known as the 4th Reserve Batt.
The 25th and 4th were both Western Ontario reserves so the change will affect us hardly at all. The 4th Reserve reinforces three battalions at the front – 1st , 18th and 2nd Pioneers. When we go to France it will likely be to the 1st Battalion which, as you know, is the unit that all the Mt. Forest first contingent men are in. So at any rate there will be someone from home to see when we get there.
Another piece of news is that the 5th Division is to be broken up and put into reserve battalions. This means that the 160th (Bruce) and 161st (Huron) Battalions will also come into the fourth reserve so that it will shortly be about 4000 strong.
I saw in a paper some time ago that a mail boat from England to Canada had been sunk so I suppose you would have been wondering why you haven’t had word from me for a couple of weeks.
The last letter I have got from home was dated January 6th so you see we are just the same way as you are with regards to getting overseas mail.
Things are very quiet around Bramshott at present and it is often hard to put in the time at nights. We spend most of the spare time reading, writing letters or playing cards.
I am not just sure what company we will be in this new arrangement but if you will send to the address given below it will get me all right.
Must close with heaps of love to all
#927729 Pte. J. Cushnie
4th Reserve Btn.
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.