Witness to War: Apr 26 – 29, 1918

Private Raymond Duval, MM, was a soldier of the 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) CEF who served overseas during the last two years of the First World War. He participated in some of the fiercest fighting seen by Canadians during the war and was decorated for bravery at Passchendaele. Determined to preserve his memories of the First World War, he maintained a daily record of his experiences. Here is what he wrote precisely 100 years ago today:

Apr 26 – 29, 1918: Some thing every day at C.C.R.C. Heavy bombardments every night but no shells dropping here in Ecoivres. Fritz aeroplane brought down at Camblin Abbe Apr 28 – Also took on new officer 28-4-18. Bad headache Apr 29. Guess will write to Clare today.

The RMR Foundation thanks Natalie Dyck for generously sharing her publication of “The Diary and Memoir of Private Raymond Duval” in order for us to be able to share his story with you 100 years on. You can learn more about Private Duval here.