Murder in Mexico
Julia Swanson tells the extraordinary tale of her English grandfather and his family who were tragically caught up in the violence of the Mexican Revolution.
My grandfather, Frank Henry, was an English silver mining engineer in Mexico during the Revolution of 1910-20. This is the story of a family’s harrowing escape from marauding bandits at the height of the Revolution. Sadly, it was without my grandfather, as he had been brutally murdered by the bandits while defending the family from attack.
Back in England, Frank met Edith, and they were married in 1903, when Edith was twenty-seven and Frank thirty-one. Frank was very excited about the silver mining opportunities in Mexico, and applied for a position with a British mining company with holdings there. English emigration to Mexico was not uncommon in those days. England had played a leading role in Mexico’s modernisation, and the British community there was several thousand strong.
In particular, Britain had significant interests in the Mexican silver mining industry. Silver was the glory of Mexico. Vast silver deposits had been found in the mid-1500s, and for centuries Mexico ranked first in world silver production, generating immense wealth to line Spanish imperialist coffers.