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John Simpson
14 May 1832 - 5 April 1890
Simpson's grave
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of death St Martin's, Perthshire
Resting place St Martin's Churchyard, St Martin's
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major
Unit 42nd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

John Simpson VC (29 January 1826 Edinburgh - 27 October 1884) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Simpson, 32 years old, was a quartermaster-sergeant in the 42nd Regiment of the British Army, later the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), during the Indian Mutiny of 15 April 1858. During the attack on Fort Ruhya, India, Simpson volunteered to go to an exposed point within 40 yards of the parapet of the fort under heavy fire and carried back a lieutenant and a private, both of whom were seriously wounded.[1]

Simpson was later commissioned as a Quartermaster. In 1878 he transferred to the Militia. In 1881 he was granted the honorary rank of Captain and in 1883 he was promoted Major. His grave and memorial are at Balbeggie Churchyard, St. Martin's, near Perth, Scotland. His medal is on display at the County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22268, p. 2106, 27 May 1859. Retrieved on 26th September 2009.

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