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:
Wednesday Apr 17, 1918: Wrote ten letters today which about filled up my spare time Ernest Roberts went up to the Batt today poor chap he should have been left in England. Wrote no 93 to the best little girl in the world.