Peter Flotten

Peter Flotten

Birth
Tyldal, Tynset kommune, Hedmark fylke, Norway
Death 25 Feb 1965 (aged 88)
Burial Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Memorial ID 26345298 · View Source
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Mr. Flotten was born in Tynset, Norway, and had immigrated to Canada in July 1882 with his parents and siblings.

In 1900, he enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse and served in the Boer War in South Africa. The unit arrived in Cape Town on 10 April 1900 and was delayed there by an outbreak of disease among its horses. Finally, in June, the regiment joined General Buller's Natal Field Force and took part in the clearing of the Boer forces from that colony and also in operations intended to link up with the main army in the Transvaal. On 5 July, at Wolve Spruit, a member of the unit, Sergeant Arthur Richardson, won the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded and unhorsed comrade.

The regiment experienced a considerable amount of hard fighting during the remainder of its tour of operations.

King Edward VII presented "The Queen's South Africa Medal" personally on February 15, 1901, with three clasps (Natal, Belfast and Orange free State).

In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Army, serving in France with the 28th and 33rd Battalions. He was wounded at The Somme in 1916. We wrote many letters to his niece Elizabeth Olson Rogers, who lived in Prince Albert SK. After the Armistice, he served with the occupation forces in Germany and was demobbed in 1919.

He returned to Canada to the Spruce Home district and worked as a government surveyor for many years. Flotten Lake, in Meadow Lake Provincial Park in northern Saskatchewan, is named for him. One will also find "Pete's Bay" and "Pete's Island" there.

He had a black dog named Felix, who would defend him if anyone came near. Peter never married.

Mr. Flotten resided at the Saskatoon Soldiers Home at the time fo his death and was buried in Soldier's Field.


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  • Created by: Steven Branting
  • Added: 24 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26345298
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Flotten (15 Jun 1876–25 Feb 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26345298, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada ; Maintained by Steven Branting (contributor 46985184) .