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 June 24, 1917: Wedding anniversary so as usual wrote to my little girl. What a wonderful little wife I have and if I can be worthy of her I feel I will have done my bit.
Received four parcels of all sorts of good things in the evening. One from Clare, one from the folks, one form John and one from Helen Lindsay Green (Flint) but as we are going up the line tomorrow had to give most of it away but was stuffed ourselves in our hut.
Church parade and inspection of Brigade by Gen in morning.