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 Nov 14, 1917: After a good nights sleep in a real bed in Bethune We took Busses again and proceeded to Sains Goel where we are now quartered mining town Before leaving Bethune I received parcel of cake from Helen Lindsay Green.