On the 15th June 1814, William Blackall Simonds secured his first agreement to supply the British Army. In this case the Officer’s canteen at Sandhurst Military Academy. It was to prove a turning point in his fortunes as H&G Simonds went on to supply the British Army with beer for the next 100 years and through the 2 wars. Simonds ‘followed the troops’ establishing outposts and breweries in Gibraltar, Malta, Cairo, Benghazi and even Nairobi as the opportunities arose.

This is the letter that he wrote!