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, Oct 1 – 1918: Got to position in front of wire at 3am Raining all the time Dirty night here at 5.00am went over in support of 13th and took village Bantigny Huns came back and drove us out as we were too weak to hold Firing point blank at us with whiz-bangs and M.G. Hottest place ever got in Retired to sunken road and made stand JD Monty and I together S.M. Fairbairn killed. Quite a few of our boys wounded and taken prisoners. Major Richardson wounded.