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 July 4, 1917: Very quiet on this front today. Nothing doing but sleep. Move up closer to line by getting to NB trench and got a rotten funk hole all alone But I guess we can make it for a week or so.