Witness to War: Monday May 27, 1918

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 May 27, 1918: On duty at Co H.Q. One year ago today since I landed in France how time flies and yet it seems in some ways a very long time. Wonder how long before I will return to her whom I love Saw Richardson and Campbell today who are with the 89th all about. Hope I will see Geo Cope too soon.

The RMR Foundation thanks Natalie Dyck for generously sharing her publication of “The Diary and Memoir of Private Raymond Duval” in order for us to be able to share his story with you 100 years on. You can learn more about Private Duval here.

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