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 22, 1917: Seven months ago I kissed my little girl good-bye and that wonderful Love keeps me up to the necessary point of courage which I need here. Today came to Thiennes and slept in an old bachelor house in an old fashioned bed with a canopy over same.