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:
Tuesday July 2, 1918: Nothing in morning but shining up. In afternoon 3rd Bgde inspected by Sir Robert Borden and GOC speeches by Sir Robert and the Minister of the Interior Another scorching day In evening wrote no 109 to my little girlie.