Witness to War: Tuesday August 21, 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:

Tuesday August 21, 1917: Got news in turn and got on Train and came to Con[valescent] Camp No 7 at Boulogne which is a mixture of all sorts of Br[itish] Troops and Colonials in F[rench] Co I know nobody here and am going to bed very lonesome God keep my little wife at home how I long to be back.

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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.