Memorandum for the Quarter Master General’s Department, signed ‘James Simpson’ as Colonel Commandant. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, minor blemishes only. Chatham, 2 November 1849. General Sir James Simpson (1792-1868). Throughout his career he was the tallest officer in the British army. In 1812 he was sent to Spain, and served there in the 3rd battalion from May 1812 to May 1813. He took part in the defence of Cadiz and relief of Seville, and, joining Wellington’s army in the autumn at Salamanca, shared in the retreat from Burgos. He subsequently served with the 2nd battalion in the campaign of 1815, and was severely wounded at Quatre Bras. Simpson was made lieutenant-colonel of the 29th regiment on 10 June 1826. He took his regiment to Mauritius, and remained there with it until 1837, when it returned to England. On the death of Lord Raglan on 28 June 1855 Simpson succeeded to the command of the British troops in the Crimea.