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:
Thursday Apr 4, 1918: Went on ordinary fatigue and worked pretty hard all forenoon. After lunch slept till about 3 o’clock then Jack and I got a pass and went down to the village of Etaples and am now in a small restaurant eating fish and chips. Don’t know yet when we will go up the line but it ought to be soon.