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, Nov 15, 1918: Marched to Quaregnon about 10km. Will stay here for a couple of days so as to clean and shine up to march past King Albert of Belgium. This is getting fierce this shining up.