John Ward, the second oldest son of Sean “Antoin” and Mary Ward nee Gallagher was born in Glenahilt, Burtonport in 1886. Like many of his contemporaries, the only source of making better future for themselves and their parents was emigration, so on the 2nd September 1911, John said goodbye to the Rosses and sailed from Derry Quay to New York City aboard S.S. Columbia.

S.S. Columbia [www.ancestry.com]
From there he travelled to Pittsburg where he met a neighbour from home John Forker, who helped Ward settle in and find employment. 

Note the last line. [www.ancestry.com]
On the 5th June 1917, with the treat of American involvement in the war in Europe, John was drafted. He gave his address as 252 Hazel Way, West Homestead, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He was then a thirty year old steel worker. 

John J. Ward [Ward Family Collection]
He joined A Company, 320th Infantry Force, US Army as a mechanic. He was killed in action on this day October 9th 1918. John’s remains were buried in Nantellois Cemetery close to were he was killed in the Verdun region of northern France. 

Translation: In memory of John J Ward of the United States of America. Died for Liberty during the Great War, signed by the President Georges Benjamin Clemenceau. [Ward Family Collection]
[Ward Family Collection]
After the war, The US military repatriated some of the remains of its servicemen. The remains of John James Ward was re-interred in the grave of his kindred in Kincasslagh churchyard in 1921.

His final resting place in Kincasslagh Cemetery, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

 

 

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