The Swedish military system up till about 1900 involved the farmers to contribute to
support and arm a soldier. A larger farm had to support both soldier and horse. Such a
farm was Sättra in Husby-Lyhundra nearby Norrtälje. The farmer of Sättra was
responsible for soldier and horse number 38 of the Roslags 2nd squad of
the Life Regiment Dragoon Corps.
When a soldier enrolled he was given a special name. That name had often some connection
with the farm that supported the soldier. Soldiers who succeeded each other where often
given the same name.
From 1859 up to about 1890 when the regiment ceased the following persons served as
dragoon number 38 of Roslags 2nd squad:
Johan Petter Säll former named Larsson born 13 Sep 1837.
Karl Johan Selldin former named Holm born 13 Dec 1849.
Anders Gustav Sälldin former named Andersson born 26 Sep 1856.
A soldier's name had often a meaning that could be a good quality of a soldier. The Swedish word Säll means Blissful. Other soldiers' names could be the Swedish words for Strong, Brave etc.
last update: July 7, 1999 by Karin Selldin ©