Witness to War: Sunday May 6, 1917

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 May 6, 1917Arrived S.Hampton about 6 o’clock and took the train to London where we were met by Ward’s married sister and spent most of the day with her putting in the afternoon strolling around Hyde Park. Am now at Union Jack Club and almost at the end of very wonderful holiday which has only been marred by the absence of my little girl for whom I am very lonesome indeed. But somehow I feel I am going to her soon Hope it may be so. Here’s love to her/ Letter no 12.

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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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