Witness to War: Monday Dec 3, 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 Dec 3, 1917: Same old story – went out today, took train at Souchez and came to Chateau-de-la-Haie said to be the summer residence of Mde Sarah Bernhardt – her grove is certainly messed up having a military camp Wonder what the divine Sarah would think if she saw her Chateau and gardens now.

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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.