CAMPAIGNING IN SPAIN AND BELGIUM: THE LETTERS OF CAPTAIN THOMAS CHARLES FENTON, 4TH DRAGOONS & THE SCOTS GREY’S 1809-15.
54pp., 8 colour plates, P.B. 2010.
Fenton rose to captain of the 4th (Queen’s Own) Dragoons on 2 January 1812. As such he sailed to the Peninsula in 1809 and saw action throughout the war, at Talavera, Busaco, Usagre, Albuera, Villagarcia, Salamanca, Vitoria and Toulouse. Returning home in 1814, Fenton went on half pay, but transferred to the 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons, or Scots Greys and commanded a troop at the Battle of Waterloo. Despite all these adventures Fenton miraculously came through these campaigns without wound or serious illness, a fortunate man indeed, or was it his hardy Yorkshire upbringing? Letters and memoirs of the heavy dragoons in Spain are particularly rare and these letters are therefore of immense value, describing not only their actions in battle, but much of the mundane marching, patrolling and screening that took up much of their time.