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 June 9, 1917: On ground. Guard room is abandoned house near school house 5 school teachers here. One Red-haired but talks English a bit. Not much doing on guard so far. Come off guard at 6.00 p.m. and mighty tired too so went home and got to bed.