Witness to War: Monday, Jan 13 – 1919

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, Jan 13 – 1919: Came up to Liege with Capt H- in morning did a bit of business and came back to Huy on evening train afterwards looked up Capt Carson PM of Div Sigs and got taxi and drove up to Liege. Then took train from Liege to Hoffnungsthal just over frontier when I left Capt Harvey and Capt Carson and came back to Liege.

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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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