Editor’s Note: MacNaught History Centre & Archives is close to completing the profiles of the men of C Company, 105th Battalion. The 2016 project has extended into the year 2017 and there are only a few of the soldiers on the C Company list who have eluded the research efforts of staff and key volunteer, Louise Morris. Anyone who might have information on the date and place of death of the men featured in this series is urged to contact the MacNaught History Centre at 75 Spring Street, Summerside.
Fredrick Fredrikson 712468 was one of the oldest members of C Company and one of a few who was born outside Canada.
According to his attestation papers, he was born in Christiania, Norway, in 1871 and was living in O’Leary when he enlisted in April 1916.
He had married Mary Josephine Pitre, the widow of Geoffrey Gotell, around 1910 in Georgetown, P.E.I., and became stepfather to Thomas (Gabe), W. Joseph, Peter, Stephen, Leo, and Rose Helen, who kept the Gotell name. Two of those children also served in C Company – Peter Gotell, who served overseas as Peter Fredrickson 712500, and Thomas Gotell 712708, who was killed in France in August 1917.
Fredrick Fredrikson and Mary Pitre/Gotell had three children with given names: Muriel Alice, Henry Walker, and Emma Julia.
While overseas, Pte. Fredrikson served in France and Belgium with the 5th Railway Construction Battalion and came home in April 1919.
His wife, Mary, died in August 1922 and is buried in the St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Bloomfield.
The date and place of death of Fredrick is unknown.
The spelling of his surname and given name is taken from his enlistment paper and variations have been recorded.