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 7, 1918: Marched to Haudain where the Batt is to be for a while on rest. Very hard march and my feet were very sore. Received a big mail among which was a pair of dandy boots from Charles .