town of Godalming, which I live close to. There were lots of pictures of architecture, because I think it's quite a pretty place to live, but after I got home I realised that I'd forgotten to take some pictures of the stuff dedicated to our 'local hero'.
John George 'Jack' Phillips was born in Farncombe on 11 April 1887 and died on 15 April 1912, having just celebrated his 25th birthday. His claim to fame is that he was the wireless operator on board the Titanic who stayed at his post until 3 minutes before it sank and, effectively, went down with the ship. Apparently he did actually make it off the ship but died of hypothermia in the water close to Collapsible Lifeboat B. His body was never recovered.
There is a small cenotaph to him in the shape of an iceberg in the local cemetery. All the pictures on this page were taken using my iPhone so, sadly, you can't click on them to make them bigger, but the inscription reads: "In memory of John George Phillips, aged 25 years. Senior wireless operator on RMS Titanic, sank April 15th 1912":
The Titanic and its fate has become quite iconic these days, and, to be honest, probably always has been. The ship had, after all, been trumpeted as being 'unsinkable' and, it being its maiden voyage, was crammed with the wealthy and famous. It truly must have been a remarkable ship to board at Southampton.
I didn't want this post to end up being about the sinking of the Titanic but I did find some interesting pages on the intertubes while doing a brief spot of research. For instance, this page has a great deal of information about the radio aspects of the disaster, including a time line and detailed list of all the telegraphic messages sent out up to the moment the radio went dead. You can sense the panic as you read them.
And this page has more on the biography of Jack Phillips, including photos showing where he was born and went to school. Probably only of interest to those with a detailed knowledge of Godalming and Farncombe, to be fair.
Godalming was very proud of Jack Phillips, so a collection was made and a memorial to him was built in the park beside the Lammas Lands. It was decided to make it cloister-shaped. As it was sunny today (12 April), I thought I'd wander down there to take some photos and post them up on 15 April, the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Apparently it's the largest Titanic memorial in the world. This aerial shot gives some idea of the size:
So here, then, are my photos, in no particular order: