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:
Xmas 1918 Wednesday, Dec 25, 1918: Very quiet all day till about 6 Had a headache most all day but got better towards eve and enjoyed the Xmas dinner which Joe Gill and the rest of us got up.