Private Duval takes a “break” in February 1918
Westmount, Quebec – 07 February 2018: Many of you have been following the daily exploits of Private Raymond Duval, MM by reading his diary which has been published every day on the RMR website since 22 March 2017 – publishing what he wrote precisely 100 years later to the day. Private Duval has been faithfully recording in his diary nearly every single day.
His story is about to take another “break”. He won’t be posting daily for the next 10 days.
The previous reason for these breaks is because Raymond Duval was either fighting at Hill 70, recovering from wounds, or more recently had been moving up into the line outside of Ypres with the rest of the 14th Battalion (RMR) in the preparations for the Battle of Passchendaele, considered by most participants as the ugliest fighting amongst the worst conditions (cold thigh-deep mud and incessant rain) of all encountered on the Western Front. Duval more than rises to the occasion, being decorated for bravery for his actions at Passchendaele.
While his diary is not clear for this particular break in entries, it appears to be due to a rotation back into the front-line trenches. Our friend Raymond will be back posting on 17 February 2018.