Witness to War: Friday July 6, 1917

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 6, 1917: Went to bed about 5am woke up about 11am had some [?] then had another snooze. Fritz lamblasted our trench with shrapnel for about an hour They were a little bit too close for comfort however nothing happened. Blake made a dandy tin of tea Nothing doing in the mail line Very hot today.

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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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