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:
Sunday May 20, 1917: Church in forenoon. Went to Worthing in afternoon with Ian MacDonald Fine little seaside town walked around all over the town and came back after having a real Canadian quick lunch at Phil’s Wrote letter to Clare no 17.