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 Sep 9, 1917: Marched up in battle order to Gauchin Legale have already been here very hot day – are on our way to Entrenching Battalion Reached here about 2pm Got about 20 lice off my shirt.