TITANIC-TITANIC.com | Titanic Memorials: John Phillips, Godalming

Titanic Memorials - John PhillipsTitanic's chief wireless officer John George Phillips, pictured here on the right, was remembered in his home town of Godalming, Surrey, by the construction of the biggest memorial to a single Titanic victim, the Phillips Memorial Cloister, pictured here on the left.

S.O.S.
THIS CLOISTER IS BUILT
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN GEORGE PHILLIPS
A NATIVE OF THIS TOWN.
CHIEF WIRELESS TELEGRAPHIST OF THE ILL-FATED S.S. TITANIC HE DIED AT HIS POST WHEN THE VESSEL FOUNDERED
IN MID-ATLANTIC ON THE 15TH DAY OF
APRIL 1912.

Upon leaving school, Phillips worked at the Post Office in Godalming, where he developed his radio skills and became a telegraphist.

Memorial plaque in memory of Jack PhillipsAmongst the many contributors to the memorial fund was Titanic's junior radio operator, Harold Sydney Bride, who donated the sum of £1 5d.

The memorial and surrounding gardens underwent a major restoration project in 1993.

There is also a memorial headstone in the style of an iceberg in the town's Old Cemetery dedicated to Phillips, even though his body was never recovered.

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