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Joseph William Prendergast

Rank: Private
Street: 308 East 2nd Street
Town/Village: Jamestown, New York,
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Streete, Co. Longford; 301 East 34th Street, Manhattan, New York City
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Resident at 300 (?) East 34th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.A, lodger.
Regiment/Unit: 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, (British Columbia Regiment), Canadian Expeditionary Force
Regiment Number: 3031953
Date of Death: 08-10-1918
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Cambrai
Memorial: Bourlon Wood Cemetery, Bourlon, Pas-de-Calais, France

Joseph William was born in Co. Longford on c.16 July 1881* and was baptised on 28 July 1881 in the parish of Streete. It is believed that his father was William Prendergast, who was a sub-Constable in the RIC**. The family appears to have emigrated to the U.S. c.16 June 1886 and settled in New York. James petitioned to become a US Citizen in August 1904; he worked as a steamfitter*** likely at the dockyards. It is believed that Joseph had first enlisted with the U.S. Army on the 31 January 1905.

Joseph enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 2 January 1918 in Toronto, Canada. He gave his sister Elizabeth Watkinson, who was living on Long Island, as his next-of-kin. He was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai 1918

Parents Names: Son of William Prendergast and Katherine (née Fitzpatrick)
Notes: *Joseph gave 1882 as year of birth in official records. **Birth registry for Elizabeth Prendergast, Boyle 1877. ***John Carney of 330 E 35th Street was his witness.

Link to CWGC entry; link to attestation paper; Canadian War Project; link to Canadian EF record

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