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 July 1, 1918: Went to Tinques to Corp sports Very hot day Games alright but eating accommodations very poor Had a head-ache most all day. Did not wait for Bn to come back. Joe Gill and I beat it ahead and cut across country.