Witness to War: Thursday June 7, 1917

Witness to War: Thursday June 7, 1917

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:

Thursday June 7, 1917: Slept like a top in our little [?] Heavy rains and hail storm last night. Went to M.O. for my feet and got Vaseline. Had parades as usual in Forenoon nothing doing in the afternoon Came to our little room had a chat with the old people of the house, both are 77 one son a prisoner in Germany and the other killed. One realizes to a degree what this war is bringing to these people (Barraio, Martin, Condonies).

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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.

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