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 Oct 25, 1917: On parade in forenoon Went to Hazebrouck in afternoon with Broughton were lucky and had ride in R.S.C Lorry Quite a nice very fine weather but windy No mail to-night but will hope for better luck next time.