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 Jan 5, 1918: Same thing – went to Villers au Bois and with sock Charlie and Billy Young Spent evening with Mike Hubbard Lane and McScimmings had a jolly good evening talking about old times in Gmere [Grand Mere].