John George “Jack” Phillips

John George “Jack” Phillips

Birth
Godalming, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Death 15 Apr 1912 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea
Memorial ID 9698692 · View Source
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Disaster Victim. The "RMS Titanic"'s first radio operator, he was first educated at Farncombe school and then the old Grammar School in Godalming Town. He moved from there to his first position in his working life at the Post Office. He progressed to Chief Marconi Officer on the "Titanic". The night the ship sank, Phillips stayed at his post sending out the signal CQD. At the suggestion of the Captain he switched to the new code of SOS which had been agreed at an International Convention so that at 12.45 am that call went out for the first time, making maritime history. Phillips went down with the Titanic a few days after his 25th birthday, and his body was never recovered. There is a memorial tablet to his memory in Farncombe Church where he sang in the choir.

Bio by: MC


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  • Originally Created by: MC
  • Added: 23 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9698692
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John George “Jack” Phillips (11 Apr 1887–15 Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9698692, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Buried or Lost at Sea.