Witness to War: Monday Nov 19, 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 Nov 19, 1917: Did not get up very early had a good sleep and feeling pretty good. Went on sick parade not feeling very good – Have got Church as a running partner now instead of Broughton who has gone to Hospital. Had a bath today but not feeling very good and feet very sore. Guess will write my little girl.

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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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