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 June 26, 1917: Just wrote the above as an aerial battle is going on its some sport. We leave for the support tonight This is an awful looking country town ravaged by shells. Came up to the support and got some mail. 8 letters gee but it was great went to sleep with a happy heart and a lonesome one both at once.