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 Oct 1, 1917: Another month begun hope it keeps me as fine as this throughout. The big guns rumble every day. Two or three Fritz aeroplanes brought down in this vicinity otherwise everything peaceful no drilling on this job and am having a cinch but the lice are on the job.