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 Nov 25, 1917: Church parade but did not go – on duty. Went up the line by narrow gauge by which saved a lot of walking – Came up the old Avion front and we are located in same dug-out – Guided a party up so took my own time as we were in the rear.