Witness to War: Monday May 6, 1918

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 May 6, 1918: Nothing doing today muster parade but did not go. In afternoon tried to talk French for two 10th Bn men when French lady asked me too and on misunderstanding one jumped on me later while I was reading and battered my face up So that is what I got for trying to be nice.

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.