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13th Regiment Somerset Light Infantry Cap Badge
Afghan War – Jellalabad_Medal
Afghan War – Ghunzi Medal
Afghan Medal Cabul
NameSIMPSON – James
Regiment (s)13th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 664
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd January 1826 / 18 years / London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Dark / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 17 years
Length of Service21 years 151 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate/Bugler / 20th May 1847 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign Medals3 medals Storming of Ghunzee General action of Jellalabad and for the capture of Cabul where he was wounded and distinguished himself
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1847 South London
1848 Portsmouth 1st Bandsman on P… and Prince Regent
1848 South London
1854-1855 Western Australia
1855-1856 South Australia
1856-1859 Victoria
1859 South Australia
1859 Victoria
1860 South London
1875-1877 In patient Chelsea Hospital
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1808 Battersea Middlesex England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HARRIS Martha Ann
B 1828 Doddinghurst Sussex England
Date/Place of Marriage15th January 1849 Kennington (Lambeth) Surrey England
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
1855 to South Australia
1856 to Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial7th November 1877 Chelsea Hospital London England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Prior to 1871
Will or ProbateNot yet known
Further Information1841 British Army Worldwide index
James Simpson Corporal 664 Bugler 13th regiment located Cabul Afghanistan
Discharge: Constitution was completely broken down
Service Abroad: With the Army of the Indus in the Afghanistan Campaigns in the years 1838-1842. Present at the storming of Ghunzee July 1839 and the forts of Tootumdurra, Julgar in the Kohistan in 1840. Present at the several engagements in forcing the passes from Cabool to Jellalabad in 1841 and in defence of the latter fortress in 1841 and 1842. Present at the several engagements from Cabool to Jellalabad in 1841 and in defence of Jellalabad 17 April 1842 Jugdulluck 8th September Teezeen 13 September and capture of Cabool 15 September 1842
1851 Census HO 107/1575/154/13 James and his wife Martha age 23 and born Doddinghurst, Essex are living at 23 Sussex Road Lambeth London England. James is a musician and his wife a laundress.
James has not been located in the 1861 census but in the 1871 census James is living at 70 Henshaw Street Lambeth with his wife Margaret age 64 who was born ‘at sea on board a ship,’ Margaret is blind. It appears Martha died and he remarried Margaret who was born 1807. Margaret must have died before James was admitted to the Royal Chelsea Hospital on 1st July 1875 as his record states ‘having no wife or family