This is part of a series of essays about the First World War casualties commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Ohio.
John McGraw, a married man, enlisted in the United States, probably in Chicago, for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and travelled to Toronto to join the 1st Depot Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment. Immediately upon his arrival in Toronto on 20 February 1918, prior being attested, taken on strength and allocated a regimental number, he was admitted to the Base Hospital suffering from paratyphoid bronchitis. He died from heart failure on 13 March 1918, aged 37.
His body was returned to the United States and he was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland on 18 March. His grave, in Section 42, Lot 237, is in the north-west part of the cemetery near the entrance and is marked by a flat Commonwealth War Graves Commission marker. He is one of two casualties in this cemetery: See Private Sam Corrodo.
Private McGraw is commemorated on page 458 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; that page is displayed on 30 September.
Chris Dubbs, Patricia Dubbs, Pamelia Williams, and Frank Holowach for their efforts to visit and photograph the graves in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
1. (Back) His record, which contains very little information, is annotated: ‘This man came up from the U.S.A. through the B.C.R.M. [British Canadian Recruiting Mission] was taken sick before being attested, but in view of being in hosp. 21 days should have been T.O.S. 1st D.B. 1st C.O.R. [taken on strength 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment]’.