Witness to War: Saturday, July 13, 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:

Saturday, July 13, 1918: Came to Anzin St Aubin 15 Mile Hike but did not mind it In evening after arrival rec’d 5 letters from the bestest little girlie 2 from Dad 2 from Lina 1 from Alwyn one from John Tres bon.

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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