No 162 Surgeon William Simpson LRCS (Ed 1842) MB (1842) MD (1859)
2 May 1821 [Manse of Tyrie Aberdeenshire] – 3 October 1864 [Murree Bengal]
William Simpson was commissioned on 1 May 1846. He entered the army medical services as a Staff Assistant Surgeon on the retirement to half-pay of Staff Assistant Surgeon James Tonnere.
He qualified LRCP in 1842 from Marischal College University of Edinburgh.
1846–49 Served in Canada.
22 Oct 1850 Assistant Surgeon Reserve Battalion 71st (Highland) Light Infantry. Served in Canada with 71st Foot.
8 Dec 1854 Promoted Staff Surgeon 2nd Class.
Served with the Eastern Army in the Crimea (1854–56). Was present at the siege and fall of Sebastopol. Served as Principal Medical Officer Rertch Division (Medal with clasp and Turkish medal).
9 Oct 1855 Promoted surgeon 71st (Highland) Light Infantry.
Malta 22 June 1856 Arrived from Turkey with the 71st (Highland) Light Infantry.
Malta 1857 Served at Floriana Malta as surgeon 71st (Highland) Light Infantry.
Malta 3 Jan 1858 Left Malta. Served in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny. Was mentioned in despatches in the Central Indian campaign (1858). Received the thanks of the Governor in Council and the Commander-in-Chief of Bombay and of the Commander-in-Chief in India (medal with clasp).
1864 Served at Birr.
3 Oct 1864 Died at Murree Bengal. An obelisk was erected in his memory in St Nicholas' churchyard Aberdeen.
On 7 February 1865, the vacancy created in 71st Foot by the death of Surgeon Simpson was filled by Staff Surgeon-Major William Barrett.
- Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 4854. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
- RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
- Succession Book Vol. 4 (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.