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 July 20, 1917: Wrote to home. Guard today so was a pretty sure as I had planned to get supper down town [?] Sam Windle In evening watched France Co. bombardment a magnificent but awful sight. Saw some liquid fire going over. Poor chaps who were in that must have suffered.