Army of India, clasp, Bhurtpoor (Lieut. Watson, 14th Foot.), officially impressed, Crimea, clasp, Sebastopol (Coll. James Watson 14th Foot) contemporary engraved naming in Hunt & Roskell style,
was gazetted Ensign in the 14th Foot on 22 March 1821; Lieutenant, 25 December 1822; Captain, 14 December 1832; Major, 10 January 1840; Lieutenant-Colonel, 11 November 1851; and Colonel, 15 May 1855. Colonel James Watson served with the 14th Regiment at the siege and storming of Bhurtpoor in 1825-26 (Medal and Clasp). Also at the siege of Sebastopol from from 10 February to 1 April 1855 (Medal and Clasp, and Turkish Medal).
A remarkable 34 years service with the regiment and seemingly a unique regimental pair and an excessively rare combination in any event.
Presumably son of General James Watson, KCB, 14th Foot, Gold Medal for Java, later Colonel of the 14th.