Thomas Charles Fenton

Thomas Fenton was born in 1790, the son of James Fenton of Lovesall in South Yorkshire. His mother was Thomasina Ibbotson of Denton Park. Thomas was commissioned into the 4th Dragoons and went out to the Peninsula in 1809 with his regiment and fought at Talavera and other engagements. He exchanged into the Scots Greys on 6 Feb 1815 and fought at Waterloo.' He was the only officer of the Greys who had previous experience of active service. He survived the battle unscathed.' Thomas wrote many letters to his family during his time in Spain and Belgium, and these are published in The Letters of Captain Thomas Charles Fenton, 4th Dragoons & the Scots Greys 1809-15. The picture reproduced here shows him wearing the uniform of the Scots Greys c1819 with his Waterloo medal. He retired from the army on 24 June 1819.

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