Witness to War: Thursday April 12, 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:

Thursday April 12, 1917: Nothing doing in forenoon squad and extended order drill in the afternoon spent about 30 cts [cents] getting filled up. Wrote letter no 4 to the little wife away over in Canada wonder what she is doing today. Day before yesterday found the little [?] heart from Clare’s paper books will keep it as a [?]

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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