Witness to War: Sunday Oct 21, 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 Oct 21, 1917: Left Bruay abt [about] 9am and came by way of Letters to Ham-en-Artois a distance of about 12 miles stood it well but my feet are kind of sore on account of not having clean socks to change Wrote to Dad and sent souvenir cards to wifie Lorna, Lina Feeling fine not much like Sunday.

Search the glossary here for definitions

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.

Share your thoughts