Joseph William Prendergast
|Street:||308 East 2nd Street|
|Town/Village:||Jamestown, New York,|
|Alternative Address:||Streete, Co. Longford; 301 East 34th Street, Manhattan, New York City|
|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|
|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.|