Witness to War: Sunday July 8, 1917

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:

Sunday July 8, 1917: Went on Rations again last night only to supports Then Blake and I went to a shell hole up the trench a ways and got some water and made tea twice today Tea is the saving grace up here This has been a cold rainy day and the Trench is a path of mud. Have felt very blue today Sunday and my little girl so far away how I long to go back.

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The RMR Foundation thanks Natalie Dyck for generously sharing her publication of “The Diary and Memoir of Private Raymond Duval” in order for us to be able to share his story with you 100 years on. You can learn more about Private Duval here.

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