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:
Tuesday April 17, 1917: P.T. and Platoon drill in the forenoon and route march in the afternoon then had the first bath since getting to England sun came out making it a bit more comfortable guess will write to Clare and home this evening. Letter to Clare no 6 also to.