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, Aug 21, 1918: Moved out of line to Beaufort where we Bivouacked in wood had a dandy sleep in open under the stars. Bunch of mail from my little girl and folks at home Wrote Aug 11 from my objective hope they got it.