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 Sep 27, 1917: Received quite a surprise in the nature of a draft from London for £10-0-0 wonder if it is from Clare Guess it must be. Thats and awful pile of money for a private in France feel like a millionaire.