Witness to War: Friday, Jan 10 – 1919

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, Jan 10 – 1919: Nothing doing in forenoon Went to Liege in afternoon with Capt Harvey Went down in engine cab of frt [freight] train Stayed at Grand Hotel Place St Lambert Had dinner at Douven which cost for two 95 francs had oysters and chicken Cloudy Wrote a wee bit to my Honey in evening.

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.

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