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Ernest had also enlisted in B Company 1st Virginia Infantry in 1915 or 1916. He was apparently serving with that unit when it was called up for the coal strikes, Mexican border service and, in 1918, for the war in France. When his unit was reorganized for the European war, PVT Ward was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 116th Infantry. He was with that unit when he was killed in action on 24 Oct 1918.
PVT Ward is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.