Witness to War: Thursday, August 1, 1918
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, August 1, 1918: Nothing doing much till Saturday Aug 3 when we got packed up and went to Frevent where we took train and came south to a small village close to Billoy Very fine country here in the valley of the Somme where we arrived Sunday Aug 4th –.