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Chief Wireless Operator of the Titanic (1887-1912)

Jack Phillips, the Chief Wireless Operator on the Titanic, was born in Farncombe and learned Morse code working at Godalming Post Office.

After the Titanic hit the iceberg, Jack started to send the distress signals, which would bring the Carpathia to rescue the survivors in the lifeboats.  The Marconi station at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, reported that throughout ‘there was never a tremor out of him’.

Even after Captain Smith declared ‘every man for himself’, Jack continued to send. His last message was cut off as the ship’s power failed, minutes before the Titanic sank. Jack’s body was never recovered.

Image courtesy of Godalming Museum Collection