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 31, 1917: Fell in at 11am and entrained for Etaples where we arrived at 2pm and am now back at this place again and it hasn’t changed much Missed seeing Norman Catto who went thro’ this morning How I dread going back up to that line no one knows. Got up 5.30 and had best breakfast since coming to France Got equipment and pay a hair cut shave and shampoo.