John James GOWARD wasborn in Cwm, Bargoed, in 1886, John was an Engine Driver with the Powell Duffryn Coal Company, and in 1901 lived at 14 Long Row, Elliots Town.
In August 1907, aged 20, he enlisted, at Tredegar, into the 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, and reported to the Depot in Brecon on the 15th of that month.
His Next of Kin was listed as his father, James, also at 14 Long Row, Elliotstown.
John Goward purchased his discharge on 20 May 1908, but was still liable for Reserve Service. So, probably in August 1914, he was 'called up'.
This time he joined the Royal Field Artillery, as Gunner 19941, but his documents for this and subsequent service, are missing. His Medal Card exists though, and it shows that he arrived in France on 2nd September 1915. He was also awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
The London Gazette issue 30498 of 25 January 1918 (page 1386) records his being awarded the MILITARY MEDAL, and this is reflected on his Medal Card.