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 Sep 8, 1917: Took train at about 9am, for up the line Nix put me up a nice lunch. Came up to Colonne the place looked familiar as we were thro’ here on our way up the line last May Slept in Hay loft.