World War I 102nd Field Artillery (Lawrence, MA)

A panorama of the 102nd Field Artillery which had once been on display at the Lawrence State Armory was given to the Library by Don Silva.  It is in its original frame measuring 124 by 47 cm.

6,000 men from Lawrence served in the First World War.  Lawrence’s first draft registration was conducted on June 5, 1917.  The National Guard also prepared for deployment.  In addition to the two regular infantry companies and the battery, the headquarters company of the 102nd Field artillery and a sanitary detachment for the 101st Field Artillery were raised in Lawrence, besides the Fifth Massachusetts Infantry Drum Corps.  The division served in these battles: Chemin des Dames Feb.6, 1918-March 3, 1918; Toule Boucos sector April 1, 1918-June 28, 1918; Pas Fini sector July 8, 1918-July 18, 1918 Aisne Marne offensive July 18, 1918-Aug. 4, 1918; St. Mihiel offensive Sept. 12, 1918-Sept. 16, 1918; Troyon sector Sept. 17, 1918-Oct. 8, 1918; Meuse Argonne offensive Oct. 10, 1918-Nov. 14, 1918.  This photograph was taken on the grounds of Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts.

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  1. Readers will also be interested in Soldiers Mail which features the writings home of U.S. Sgt Sam Avery while on the front lines during American involvement in the Great War with the 8th Mass. Infantry and the 26th Yankee Division. Letters are posted on the same date they were written more than 90 years ago. Fascinating eyewitness history from the hot sands along the Rio Grande to the cold mud along the Meuse. Come march along with the Most Gallant Generation.

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