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 24, 1917: Eight months ago today I married the sweetest little girl a man could ever have and my heart aches with longing which no one can understand for her Oh to old her again to my heart would be heaven indeed. God bless her.