Thursday, 4 June 2015

Jack Phillips, Chief Wireless Telegraphist of the Titanic

Not so long ago, we had a trip to Godalming to walk to Winkworth Arboretum, here's a link to my post.  We had our lunch in the Wetherspoon's pub - Jack Phillips before picking up the train home again.

As we walked back to the station we walked through the Phillips Memorial Park containing a memorial to Jack Phillips - a large Arts and Crafts style cloister designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner surrounded by a garden by Gertrude Jekyll, the famous garden designer.

Who was this Jack Phillips?

John George (Jack) Phillips was born in 11 Farncombe Street on the outskirts of Godalming in 1887 and went on to become the Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the Titanic and was known for his bravery as he continued to send SOS messages when the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink.  Have a look at this website to find out all about him.

Today I've been to Farncombe en route elsewhere and I popped into St. John's church to see a memorial tablet to him as he used to be a chorister there when he was young. Little did he know then what was to come.

It says Faithful to his duty till the last.  The sun was shining in and it was all a bit tricky!

St John's church windows

Quilted view of St John's church and Farncombe village - community project Let's Face It

1 comment:

  1. What a very pretty garden! A great tribute to him. xx