Item 2008.1.3.3.4.36 - Manuscript written by Major Peter Anderson describing his escape from a German prisoner of war camp and sent to SBS

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Manuscript written by Major Peter Anderson describing his escape from a German prisoner of war camp and sent to SBS

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2008.1.3.3.4.36

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  • [ca. 1920] (Creation)

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Lieutenant Colonel Peter Anderson was born on the Island of Funen, Denmark on april 24th, 1868. He emigrated to Canada in 1888, eventually establishing a brickworks in Strathcona (Edmonton). He enlisted with the 101st Regiment of the Edmonton Fusiliers in 1914, attending the Royal Military School at Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg, and going on to train at Valcariter Camp in Quebec. His troop sailed for England in October 1914, and he was shipped to France on the 7th of February, 1915. Anderson was taken prisoner at 2nd Ypres, and made a prisioner of war at the Bischofswerda Camp, Saxony, Germany. He escaped from this camp at the end of September 1915, eventually making his way to England and his escape was celebrated with Anderson beign received by the King and presented to Queen Alexandra. He returned to Edmonton on December 13th, 1919 and died in Vancouver, B.C in 1945. Peter Anderson wrote about his early life, and prison escape in a book titled: "I That's Me".

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Samuel Benfield Steele was born at Purbrook, Medonte, County Simcoe, Ontario on 5 January 1848 to Captain Elmes Steele and Anne MacIan Macdonald. His father served under Nelson and other Admirals in the Napoleonic Wars, moving to Canada in 1832, with his first wife and family. After the death of his first wife, Captain Steele married Sam's mother, and they had six childre, Sam being the eldest.

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A 47 page typewritten manuscript titled: "The Facts About My Escape From Military Prison at Bischofswerda, Saxony, Germany". The manuscript is enclosed in a paper cover, and on the inside cover is written: "To Major General S.B. Steele C.B. M.V.O. with my compliments from P. Anderson Major 101 Regiment Edmonton Fusiliers, Alberta, Canada". The memoir tells of Anderson's escape from the German military prison, and his eventual arrival in England after travelling incognito through Germany and across the Danish border.

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See Peter Anderson's autobiography: "I That's Me" housed at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (D 640 A54 1920).

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  • Text Box: 150
  • Folder: 7