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, Nov 30, 1918: Marched to Belle Maison one of the most beautiful spots I have seen in any country. McIsaacs and I are billeted in a beautiful house – Fine big room with a beautiful mahogany furniture hand carved and inlaid wish Clare could see it.