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 March 29, 1917: Beautiful night grand sight to see the convoy steaming out to sea. Wafted a kiss to my dear wife as the shores of Canada gradually faded away wonder when I shall see her again Got up and had breakfast a lot of men very sick including the C.O. Maj. Pillow and the Adj[utant] feeling fine so far on deck all morning and a grand day on the sea can see the other five boats of the party Guess will start a serial to my little girl
 Pillow, (Major) Howard Winthrop. Born 9 May 1883, Montreal, PQ. Taken on Strength 12 June 1916, Montreal.