Witness to War: Sunday September 2, 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 September 2, 1917: Went to Bull Ring on fatigue – in afternoon went to Paris– Plage on waterfront with Tom Boyd who is here on a staff job had a good time in the little town saw Major Pillows in evening also Gn. Hill Butles and McGuigan[1] from 144th

[1] McGuigan, Samuel. Born 27 February 1889, Ballyclaire, Ireland. Enlisted 25 August 1916, Trois-Rivieres, PQ.

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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.

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