Foster Swetenham

Foster Swetenham was born on 21 June 1876 at Cam-yr-Alyn, Rossett, Denbighshire. He was commissioned into the Greys on 9 Dec 1896. Lieutenant F Swetenham was wounded and invalided to England on 27 July 1900. He was adjutant of the Ayrshire Yeomanry from 1906 to 1911 and promoted to major in 1911. He was an accomplished horseman and was successful in steeplechasing, polo and fox-hunting. Major Swetenham was killed in action in the early stages of World War One. He was shot through the heart on 28 Aug 1914 in the fighting near St Quentin, during the retreat from Mons. He was married in 1908 to Muriel Gladys Chaplin and they had three children. The eldest, born in 1909 was John Edmund Swetenham who commanded the Greys in the 1950s and was Colonel of the regiment from 1958 to1968.

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