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 Oct 17, 1917: Nothing much doing in forenoon went shooting in afternoon – Still fine weather Wrote a bunch of letters No 53 to the bestest little girl ever – Had one good feed of eggs this afternoon.