Witness to War: Friday, Nov 1st – Saturday, Nov 9th – 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, Nov 1st – Saturday, Nov 9th – 1918: Doing the same duties as pay clerk Still living in Somain with Joe Gill received parcel from Aunt Frank also letters from my little girl. Rumors about war come in all the time Lots of Prisoners going thro’ all the time Austria now out of it so only Germany left. Spanish flu bad among civies not much in Bn

[A note to himself:] Nov 23rd Render progress report re: Bal’s to Field Cashier.

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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