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:
Friday August 17, 1917:
Got our relief rather late but thank God to get out of this Hell – started out all right Got over the worst part and thought we were safe – near Loos in [?] alley a shell exploded near us and I got a lot in the back of the head. Didn’t want to go out but Mr. Weaver told me to go out so went out to the Field ambulance and they sent me down to St. Omer by Borges where I am now in No 59 General [hospital] having the best rest I’ve had in months. Wrote a short note No 38 to Clare so she won’t worry.