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:
Saturday April 7, 1917: Woke up with a start as our ship struck a mine off the mouth of the [?] damaging bows and killing one from D Co (Walton) Rushed to deck but we did not put out boats as front compt [compartment] only busted. Stayed on deck till 5.30 when we disembarked and got on train and came to Shoreham camp getting here at 6pm when we immediately marched to huts and slept on floor pretty cold too.