Witness to War: Sunday June 16, 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:

Sunday June 16, 1918: About 1am news came that move had been cancelled on account of an epidemic of influenza in Bn 150 men went to hospital during night. Went to St. Pol during afternoon with Pie + Emery and had a picture taken Hope it will turn out good. Received parcel from wifie and Charlie and letter from Lina. Weather fine.

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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