Witness to War: Monday August 20, 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:

Monday August 20, 1917: Slept fine, got a dressing gown and am now up and around the ward but guess I’ve had enough of this might as well go back to the Bn don’t get any mail here and nobody knows what will happen to it And I hate to lose any Hope my Little Girl won’t worry The Chaplain took us for a walk around the town and thro’ the park which is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen but was very tired Wrote No 39 to my Little Girl.

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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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