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, Nov 11 – 1918: This will be a great day in history. Hostilities closed at 11am today and altho’ almost beyond belief it is so. Tonight Troops celebrating with Fritz flare lights. Thank God. At last – wonder if its finished.