Jack Phillips: Boy from Godalming became Titanic hero
For a young man from a Surrey village, being promoted to chief wireless telegraphist on the new luxury liner Titanic was a source of great pride.
The son of a draper, Jack Phillips operated the most modern and powerful wireless equipment of any merchant ship of the time.
But before the doomed vessel sailed, he told a friend he would have preferred to be aboard a smaller ship - for Jack had a dread of icebergs.
Nonetheless the 25 year old's actions in the early hours of 15 April 1912, as Titanic sank in the Atlantic, ensured that he was remembered as a hero of the disaster.
12 Apr 2012
- From the section Surrey