William Campsall Forbes was the son of Walter Arnold Forbes and Florence Maud Forbes of 21 Lyra Road, Waterloo.
A report on his death appeared in the Crosby Herald on the 30th November 1918. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
   News has been received by Sergt.-Major and Mrs. Forbes, 21, Lyra-road, Waterloo, of the death in action of their son, Lance-Corporal William Forbes. He joined the 10th Liverpool Scottish, and was one of the first to go out to France at the beginning of the war. He was transferred to the Gordon Highlanders, and has been at the Front for four years, doing splendid service, as various letters from comrades testify. Only eight weeks before his death he was home on leave. He had many friends in the district, and was very popular amongst them. He formerly attended Christ Church School, Waterloo, and later Shaw-street, College, Liverpool. He was a member of the Boys' Brigade in association with St.Andrew's Church, Waterloo, and took a keen interest in athletics, being secretary to the Nomad's Football Club.
   Mr. and Mrs. Forbes have received the following letters from two local soldiers who were with their son in France:-
   "Please allow me to offer my sincerest sympathy in this great calamity? I knew Billie very well, and spent many long hours with him at the Front; in fact, he was a pal of the very first water, and I may say that to him I owe, to a very great extent, my being home to-day, as Billie had me removed from the battlefield when the Doctor had already said it wasn't worth while. Billy's memory will, therefore, be always with me, and I hope he gets a just reward."
   "IT was very great sorrow that I learned of Willie's death in action, and I hope that you will accept my very sincere and heart-felt sympathy with you and yours in your sad bereavement. It must be great comfort to you to know that Billy was one of the best that ever came out here. His good work in the trenches will ever be remembered by those who saw him carrying out his duties. The more arduous the work, the more earnestly would he tackle it. His name is one of which we will never speak with other than the greatest mark of respect."

Crosby Herald 30th November 1918

Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool on the 27th December 1918 by his father, a Company Sergeant Major in the Royal Defence Corps. His effects were valued at 147 1s 6d (8,700 at current values.)