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:
Monday April 30, 1917: Inspections parade and everybody got the deuce not a square deal. Got called for a dirty rifle which was rusty when I got it. Stood at attention for so long almost fainted on parade splitting headache all day, but guess I will write to my little wife no 11.