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 Sep 10, 1917: Marched to Villiers de Bois about 2p.m. had dinner a wash and a shave and had a sleep as we did not get any last night being so cold and no blankets or Great coat – Med exam which as usual was a farce.