Veterans History Project Service Summary:
- War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit of Service: Company A, 102nd Machine Gun Battalion, 26th Division; Massachusetts Army National Guard
- Location of Service: Massachusetts; France
- Highest Rank: Corporal
Corporal Edgar Andrews grew up in Boston, and his Massachusetts National Guard battalion was assigned to the 26th Division, also known as the “Yankee Division,” as most of its components were National Guard units from New England. Andrews saw heavy fighting at Seicheprey in April 1918 and was also involved in the Aisne-Marne Offensive in July before being hospitalized due to illness in September. In his correspondence, he carefully avoided giving his family any details of the fighting, but the emotional impact that it had on him is evident. Andrews wrote most often to his mother and to his sister Susan, and their close relationship is unmistakable in their letters, as are the bonds of camaraderie among the soldiers in his battalion.