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

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"I have seen just enough of the world to want to see the best of it.” (Letter to mother, November 18, 1917)

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.

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[ Form 908 from the Treasury Department Bureau of War Risk Insurance ]
[ Form 25 from the Massachusetts Treasury Department ]
[ Certificate of insurance from the Treasury Department Bureau of War Risk Insurance [1/11/1918] ]
[ Letter from the Treasury Department discontinuing the government allowance from Edgar D. Arthur's death [1/16/1919] ]
[ Letter from the Treasury Department of the United States to Mrs. Sarah E. Andrews, informing her of the revised amount allotted her for her son's death in war, and billing her for $100 overpayment [1/ ]
[ Letter from the Treasury Department of the United States informing Sarah Andrews of a reconsideration of her son's case [4/19/1919] ]

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[ Circular no. 1 from the Treasury Department Bureau of War-Risk Insurance, Washington, D.C. ]
[ Company A. 102nd Machine Gun Battalion Company Roster, May 20, 1918 ]
[ Bulletin #11 of the Welfare Association Co. A, 102nd Machine Gun Battalion [5/10/1918] ]
[ Bulletin #5 of the Welfare Association Co. A, 102nd Machine Gun Battalion ]
[ Bulletin #13 of the Welfare Association Co. A, 102nd Machine Gun Battalion [7/1/1918] ]
[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [1/11/1917] ]
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[ Postcard to "Sister Sue" from Edgar D. Andrews [1/1/1917] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [1/6/1917] ]
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[ Letter to Miss Sarah E. Andrews from Sen. John W. Weeks of Massachusetts [1/19/1918] ]
[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [1/15/1917] ]
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[ Letter to father from Edgar D. Andrews [1/22/1917] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [10/1917] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [11/4/1917] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [11/18/1917] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [12/11/1917] ]
[ Letter to mother and father from Edgar D. Andrews [12/17/1917] ]
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[ Handwritten note for a telegram [12/17/1917 ]
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[ Letter to father from Edgar D. Andrews [12/2/1917] ]
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[ Cartoons clipped from the New York "Tribune"," included with the letter of 12/2/1917 ]
[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [12/24/1917] ]
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[ Christmas postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [12/3/1917] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [12/31/1917] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [1/19/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Folks from Edgar D. Andrews [1/27/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [2/23/1918] ]
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[ Letter to "Ma, Pa, and Sue," from Edgar D. Andrews [3/15/1918] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [3/29/1918] ]
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[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [4/19/1918] ]
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[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [4/26/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [4/30/1918] ]
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[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [5/6/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [5/9/1918] ]
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[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [5/10/1918] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [5/12/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sister Sue from Frank Andrews [5/13/1918] ]
[ Postcard from Edgar D. Andrews [5/16/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Father from Edgar D. Andrews [5/20/1918] ]
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[ Fragment of a letter from Edgar D. Andrews [5/22/1918] ]
[ Letter to Mother from Edgar D. Andrews [5/26/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [5/27/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [6/1/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Mother from Edgar D. Andrews [6/5/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [6/7/1918] ]
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[ Letter to "Sister" from "Frank" (Frank P. Paten?) [6/15/1918] ]
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[ Letter to the Treasury Department Bureau of War-Risk insurance from Mrs. Sarah E. Andrews [6/16/1919] ]
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[ Draft letter to the Treasury Department Bureau of War-Related Risk Insurance [6/16/1919] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from "Herbert" [6/21/1918] ]
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[ Letter to mother from Edgar D. Andrews [7/30/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from Sue [7/31/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from his mother [8/4/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from Sue [8/5/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from Sue [8/10/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from his mother [8/13/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from Sue [8/15/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from his mother [8/16/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [8/18/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from Sue [8/19/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from his mother [8/25/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Edgar D. Andrews from his mother [8/20/1918] ]
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[ Letter to "Sister" from "Brother Frank" [9/6/1918] ]
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[ Letter on Red Cross stationary from Edgar D. Andrews to mother,informing her of his health [9/19/1918] ]
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[ Letter on Red Cross stationary from Edgar D. Andrew to his sister, Sue [10/18/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Mother from Edgar D. Andrews [11/19/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Mother from Edgar D. Andrews [11/21/1918] ]
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[ Letter on Red Cross stationary from Edgar D. Andrew to his sister, Sue [11/23/1918] ]
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[ Letter to father from Edgar D. Andrews [11/24/1918] ]
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[ Letter to father from Edgar D. Andrews [11/25/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [11/26/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [12/15/1918] ]
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[ Letter to Mother from Edgar D. Andrews [1/2/1919] ]
[ postcard depicting Basque resort town, San Sebastian, Spain [ca. 1918] ]
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[ Letter to "Folks" from Edgar D. Andrews [6/14/1919] ]
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[ Postcard depicting the Maria Cristina bridge, San Sebastian, Spain [ca. 1918] ]
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[ Color postcard of a woman holding a bouquet of flowers, "Je pense a vous" (I'm thinking of you) [Dec. 1918] ]
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[ Color postcard of a woman holding a bouquet of flowers, "Souvenir Amical" (A friendly memory) [Dec. 1918] ]
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[ Damaged letter to Sue from Edgar D. Andrews [7/31/1918] ]
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[ American Expeditionary Forces Field Post Card addressed to Sarah Andrews from her son, Edgar [2/17/1918] ]
[ Poem by "N.B.H.", untitled, "Written for the observance of the first anniversary of the departure from this country of the 102nd Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army." ]
[ Photocopy of a poem, "The Service Flag," by William G. Herschell ]
[ Three original postal receipts from 1918 ]