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Arthur Watson

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Sir Arthur Watson (1873-1954)

1920 Appointed General Manager of the London and North Western Railway

1954 Obituary [1]

Sir ARTHUR WATSON, C.B.E., who died in Exeter, Devon, on the 13th April, 1954, was born at Manchester on the 18th September, 1873. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and at Victoria University, Manchester.

In 1893 he was appointed Assistant Resident Engineer with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, and as Resident Engineer from 1900-1905 was in charge of extensive railway construction works.

In 1910 he was promoted to be Superintendent of the line, and General Manager in 1919; 4 years later he became the first General Manager of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

During the first World War he served with the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel in the Corps of Royal Engineers and acted as liaison officer between the railways and the Quarter-Master General....[more]

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