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 Dec 8, 1917: Raining and cold Got a letter from Fred who is in Blighty – MacDonald, Jobb and Le Francois is also in Eng – went to 16th concert in Gouy Servins with Jack very good.