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Vincent Walker Hill

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Vincent Walker Hill (1844-1913), General Manager of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway

1914 Obituary [1]

VINCENT WALKER HILL, M.V.O., formerly General Manager of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, died at Folkestone on the 23rd November, 1913, aged 69.

Born on the 6th February, 1844, he entered the service of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway as a junior clerk in 1862. Subsequently he became superintendent at Victoria Station, district superintendent, and Parliamentary assistant to the Chairman, the late Mr. J. Staats Forbes.

In 1884 he was appointed Manager of the Hull and Barnsley Railway, a position which he occupied for 16 years, discharging in addition the duties of Secretary and conducting the undertaking successfully through a difficult period.

In 1900 he was selected to succeed Mr. Alfred Willis as General Manager of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, and during his tenure of that office considerable reorganization and improvements were carried out. Train services were revised, rolling-stock improved, and turbine steamers introduced on the cross-channel passages.

On Mr. Hill’s retirement in 1911 he was appointed a director of the South Eastern Railway and a member of the South Eastern and Chatham Managing Committee. He was a member of the Victorian Order and a Chevalier of the Royal Order of Isobel of Spain.

Mr. Hill was elected an associate of The Institution on the 1st December, 1885.

1913 Obituary [2]

. . . Mr. Vincent Hill, who a little over two years ago resigned the position of general manager of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway . . . Mr. Hill's whole life was spent in railway work . . .[more]

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