James Moffitt

Biography of James Moffitt

James Moffitt graduated MD, CM from the University of Glasgow in 1820. Prior to his time at the University he served as Assistant Surgeon at the Battle of Waterloo.

Moffitt was born on 10th December 1790. He first appears in military records as Assistant Surgeon to the 7th Hussars from October 1811 onwards. He served with the Hussars at the battles of Orthez (1814), Toulouse (1814) and Waterloo (1815). Michael Crumplin, in his book The Bloody Fields of Waterloo (Ken Trotman Publishing, 2013), states that “after the action was over [at Waterloo], Moffitt rode out to gather in his wounded comrades. Rounding up some peasants, he had them carry the casualties back to the 1st Corps dressing station at Mont St Jean” (p.200).

Five years later, in 1820, Moffitt graduated MD, CM from the University of Glasgow, which facilitated his promotion to Surgeon with the 70th Foot in January 1828. He was later positioned as Surgeon to the 12th Light Dragoons in 1836 and as Staff Surgeon of the 1st Class in 1843. He retired from service on 13th July 1849.


James Moffitt
Born 10 December 1790.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MD, CM, 1820;
Occupation categories: Royal Army Medical Corps
Record last updated: 16th Jun 2015

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