Nils Adlercreutz

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Nils Adlercreutz
Nils August Domingo Adlercreutz.jpg
Birth name Nils August Domingo Adlercreutz
Born (1866-07-08)8 July 1866
Brunneby, Sweden
Died 27 September 1955(1955-09-27) (aged 89)
Stockholm, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service 1890–1928
Rank Colonel
Commands held Småland Hussar Regiment
Scanian Dragoon Regiment
Relations Gregor Adlercreutz (son)

Nils August Domingo Adlercreutz (8 July 1866 – 27 September 1955) was a Swedish Army officer and horse rider who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.


Adlercreutz was born in Brunneby, Motala Municipality, Sweden and the son of lieutenant Nikolas Adlercreutz and countess Augusta (née Gyldenstolpe).[1] He became second lieutenant at Livgardet till häst (K 1) in 1890 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1896. Adlercreutz served as regimental quartermaster from 1904 to 1906 and teacher at the horse riding school in Strömsholm from 1906 to 1908.[1] The same year he was promoted to ryttmästare. Adlercreutz was military attaché in Berlin from 1912 to 1918 and was major at Scanian Dragoon Regiment (K 6) in 1914.[1]

He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1917 and to colonel in 1918 and at the same time appointed commaning officer of Småland Hussar Regiment (K 4) in 1918. Adlercreutz was then commanding officer of the Scanian Dragoon Regiment from 1921 to 1927. He retired from the army the year after.[2] In parallel to his military career, he also served as secretary of Stockholm Field Riding Club and as a judge at Ulriksdal's Racecourse.[3]

1912 Summer Olympics[edit]

He and his horse Atout finished fourth in the individual eventing competition and won a gold medal with the Swedish team. He also finished sixth in the individual jumping with another horse Ilex.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1896 he married Ebba Cederschiöld (born 1873), the daughter of major Henrik Cederschiöld and Amelie Sterky.[5] Adlercreutz and his wife had four children, including the son Gregor, who also became an Olympic equestrian.[3] Adlercreutz died on 27 September 1955 in Stockholm and was buried at Norra begravningsplatsen in Solna.[6]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Adlercreutz's awards:[2]


  1. ^ a b c Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1933 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1933] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1932. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1945). Vem är vem?. D. 1, Stockholmsdelen [Who is Who?. D. 1, Stockholm part] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Vem är vem bokförlag. p. 3. 
  3. ^ a b "Nils Adlercreutz" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nils Adlercreutz". Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Lindblad, Göran, ed. (1924). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1925 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1925] (in Swedish). Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt & Söners. p. 3. 
  6. ^ "Norra begravningsplatsen, kvarter 05, gravnummer 6" (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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