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 August 1, 1917: Inspection this am moving tonight to another town. Last night felt very lonesome for my Little Girl somehow feel she wanted me I know I wanted her very bad.
Wrote No 35 to her today.