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 April 25, 1917: Had gas mask instruction and usual drill with route march. Did not write to Clare today. Heard there was a Canadian mail in London so ought to get some tomorrow. Weather still keeping fine.