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 28, 1917: Church parade this morning to the accompaniment of heavy guns in the distance and machine guns up in the sky overhead. There is something very impressive these open-air services and they do a great deal of good. Here the Pastor reaches the ears of his heaven as it can be.