Witness to War: Friday May 10, 1918

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 May 10, 1918: Nothing doing. Went to orderly room on case of man who hit me last Monday, but case was dismissed as it looks as though C.O. and everyone was concerned Seemed to be scared of the men as one of them has a record so it was determined. Had anyone told me this was possible in the army I would not have believed it.

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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