Witness to War: Sep 27 – Friday – 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:

Sep 27 – Friday – 1918: Went over the top at 5.20 awful Barrage [?] and I lost O.C. so hustled in front found dug-out full of Germans whom we ordered on top – this near canal – met Sap here. Charlie wounded in arm, Sgt Driscoll bad wound in leg some fights got to objective in front of Coy. Rejoined H.Q. & Coy stayed here.

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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