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1923 "After fifty years of railway service Sir William Forbes has retired from active work. He was born at Dublin in 1856. Choosing the same career as his father, who was general manager to the Midland and Great Western Railway of Ireland, he joined the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, and under the care of hi uncle, who was general manager of this company, he received a thorough training in many of its departments. In 1889 he was appointed continental manager and subsequently was made traffic manager. When the company entered into a working arrangement with the South Eastern Railway in 1898, he was given the position of assistant general manager of the amalgamation. In October, 1899, he was appointed general manager of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, a post which he has since held. He received the honour of knighthood in 1915, and throughout the whole of the war period played a conspicuous part in the heavy and important transport and other work which his company was called upon to perform."