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 July 11, 1917: Went with rations to front line nothing exciting happened. Poor Charlie Alcock got napooed day before yesterday by shrapnel every day sees some one go. Got pretty good rations today Fine day. I spend my time dreaming about my little girl and the folks at home hope she is o.k. Also mother got a snap of my honey Lena and dear Aunt Frank it sure looks good to me All morning aerial battles have been going on but am getting sleepy so theres to bed Had a shave and a kind of wash today and Blake made several pots of tea so that was pretty good. Using sardine can for basin.
 Alcock, Charles. Born 1 February 1885, Oakengates, Salop, England. Enlisted 3 August 1916, Trois-Rivieres, PQ. KIA 7 July 1917, Beehive Cemetery, Willerval.