Witness to War: Wednesday, March 20, 1918

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, March 20, 1918: Went to Barracades and got some money then had lunch. Wrote no 83 to my little girl which should have been 84 – Then went to the Invalides and saw the war trophies. Could not see Nap’s (editor’s note: Napoleon) tomb as it was closed today.

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.