Axel Spens was the son of Jacob Axel Spens, and great-grandson of James Spens of Wormiston. He was born in February 1681 in Stockholm. On 3rd April 1700 he joined the Livdrabant and thereafter became a major with an Upplands Cavalry regiment. He was wounded in the thigh at the battle of Narva. He became lieutenant colonel in 1708 but was taken prisoner at Poltava in 1709 and spent some years in Russian captivity. He was not released until 1722. He was promoted to major-general in 1730, and the following year he was colonel and chief of the Vastgota cavalry. In 1737 he was colonel of the lifecavalry regiment. He became lieutenant-general and chief military commander in Skåne in 1743. He died on 6 February 1745.
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SWEDEN, UPPLAND’S CAVALRY, GENERAL MAJOR CRUSER’S CAVALRY
Arrived 1700-04-03, as OFFICER
Departed 1709-12-31, as LIEUTENANT COLONEL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
SWEDEN, POLTAVA, RUSSIA, PEREVOLTJNA
Arrived 1709-07-01, as PRISONER
Departed 1722-05-01, as PRISONER
Capacity PRISONER, OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
SWEDEN, LIVREGIMENT TILL HÄST
Arrived 1722-08-11, as COLONEL
Departed 1745-02-06, as LIEUTENANT GENERAL
Capacity OFFICER, GOVERNOR (SKÅNE), purpose MILITARY