Ray Ward

The following profile was researched and compiled by Candice L. Buchanan and Glenn J. R. T. Toothman III, for www.RainDayBoys.com.

Birth: 8 October 1889 Washington Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Parents: John Bell Ward and Nancy Thomas

Residence at time of enlistment: 222 East Street, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Physical description: Short, medium build, light brown eyes, dark brown hair

Death: Influenza epidemic, 30 September 1918 Camp Merritt, New Jersey

Age at death: 28 years old

Last resting place: Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Military rank: Serial No. 3180556. Private. Company B, 301st Water Tank Training Corps.

Additional information:

Before joining the military, Ray was the manager of an automobile garage in Waynesburg.


  • Green Mount Cemetery (Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania), Ray Ward tombstone, Section O, Lot 1; read and photographed by Candice Buchanan and Glenn Toothman, 2018.
  • Greene County Heroes Who Lost Their Lives in the Service of their Country in the Recent World War and Roster of Greene County Veterans (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Democrat Messenger, no date though most likely published 4 July 1919).
  • "United States, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 : accessed 16 July 2018), Ray Ward draft card, serial no. 2009, Local Draft Board, South Ward, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania; citing National Archives microfilm publication M1509, FHL roll 1892940.
  • "WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60884 : accessed 16 July 2018), Elizabeth Vernon, sister of Ray Ward - application no. 259197; citing World War I Veterans Service and Compensation File, 1934–1948 (RG 19, Series 19.91), Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.