Dr John Hall was Chief of Medical Staff of the British Expeditionary Army, in charge of the Crimea and hospitals of Scutari. He had joined the Army Medical Service in 1815, and qualified in 1845. He had been in Bombay and was waiting for promotion hoping that he would return to England, but found himself in the Crimea. He had written to Dr Andrew Smith that everything in the hospitals was satisfactory, and noting was lacking. It was not until Miss Nightingale’s first report to Sidney Herbert that the truth was known. They were never really to work together, and did as much as he could to make her position difficult.