Witness to War: Wednesday, Jan 1st 1919

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, Jan 1st 1919: Paid Bn in early part of day and Brigade HQ in afternoon Spent most of afternoon on this job. Saw Norman Catto and let him have one of my Iron Crosses Rec’d letter from my big sis but best of all one from my Honey Girl wrote one to her tonight I want her very bad right now.

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The RMR Foundation thanks Natalie Dyck for generously sharing her publication of “The Diary and Memoir of Private Raymond Duval” in order for us to be able to share his story with you 100 years on. You can learn more about Private Duval here.

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