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 Dec 24, 1917: Nothing doing except most everybody starting to celebrate – we are not out yet for our rest as we are held in reserve for 4th Div 11 months today since I was married to the best little girl in the world.