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1220133 Pvt. Andrew Grant Wishart (1897 – 1946) 2017-10-12T16:34:13+00:00

1220133 Pvt. Andrew Grant Wishart (1897 – 1946)

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Born on 27 April 1897 in Manhattan, New York, Andrew Grant Wishart was the first of four children of James Clinton Wishart and his wife, Bertha Margaret Herbert.

He enlisted in the National Guard in Buffalo, New York on 26 June 1916 and served with Company K, 47th Infantry, New York National Guard until 1 August 1917, when he transferred to Battery C, 3rd Field Artillery, New York National Guard. He was the third generation of his family to serve in the military; his grandfather was a drummer in the American Civil War and his father a color sergeant with the 12th Infantry during the Spanish American war.

After a period serving on the Mexican border, Andrew returned to New York where his battery was renamed Battery C, 106th Field Artillery. The 106th formed part of the 27th Division and left for Europe from Newport News, Virginia on 6 June 1918 – arriving in St. Nazaire twelve days later. Andrew’s battery went into training at Camp de Souge and was involved in its first battle on 12 September during the St. Mihiel offensive. Unfortunately, Andrew’s role in this, or any subsequent attacks is not clear. A history of the 106th Field Artillery published after the war makes no mention of him in any of the battery rosters – despite evidence to the contrary that he was in France, from where he returned on 4 March 1919 – leaving from Brest on board the U.S.S. America.

After the war, he married a local girl named Anna Vohringer and gained employment in a factory as a piano mover. Three children were born of the marriage, and the family lived in Queens, where Andrew worked as a chauffeur, however in the 1940 census he gave his occupation as a junior clerk.

Andrew died on 20 November 1946 and subsequently buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn three days later.

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