Miss Alice Frances Louisa Phillips
Miss Alice Frances Louisa Phillips was born at 85 High Street, Ilfracombe, Devon on 26 January 1891, the only child of Escott Robert Phillips (Shop Porter) and Mrs Hannah Maria Phillips (née Knight). She received all her schooling in Ilfracombe, finishing her schooldays at 'The Hermitage'.
In 1904 she moved house with her parents to 32 Westbourne Grove, Ilfracombe, where her mother ran a guest house business. In 1911 her mother contracted tuberculosis and subsequently passed away in the August of that year. Alice's uncle, William Phillips had emigrated to Pennsylvania with his wife some years before, and now, following the death of her mother it was decided that she and her father should sell the house and join him in America. With the sale of their house complete they stayed for a short while at the Central Hotel in Ilfracombe from where, they were to travel on to Southampton to take passage aboard the American Line's SS Philadelphia. However with the coal strike continuing that sailing was cancelled. For the sum of £21 Alice and her father Robert found themselves transferred to the second class passenger list of the Titanic, their ticket was #2.
On Tuesday 9 April 1912 Alice and Robert left Ilfracombe by train, they arrived in Southampton 9 hours later. That evening they walked down to berth 44 to view the ship, later Alice wrote to her grandmother in Ilfracombe:
They embarked the ship as planned the following morning and enjoyed the first few days of the voyage, making friends with a family of four who shared their table at meal times. Alice shared a cabin with Cornish travellers Mrs Agnes Davis, her son John and Miss Maude Sincock, all of whom were from St Ives, Cornwall.
Alice was to survive the sinking, her father did not. The following account was printed in the North Devon Journal on 25 April 1912.
The time was 1.25am, the lifeboat, number 12. It would be some 9 hours before Alice was to be lifted onto the Carpathia. Alice was ultimately met at pier 54 in New York by her uncle who took her to his home at 700 13th Street, New Brighton, PA.
A letter written by Alice shortly after the disaster to an old school-friend Miss May Williams was subsequently published in the North Devon Journal:
As a result of her ordeal Alice was ill for some time but after recovering sufficiently she decided to train as a stenographer at her uncle's place of work. After a few weeks, however, she became so homesick she returned to her relatives in Ilfracombe.
Alice received a total of $650 from various American relief sources.
Alice Phillips subsequently married a man by the name of Mead and moved to Manchester. In 1916 she fell victim to an influenza epidemic and, as a result of which, she died, aged 25.
Articles and Stories
References and Sources
North Devon Journal, 25 April 1912
CreditsSteve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Ron Rose, UK
Brian Ticehurst, UK
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(2013) Alice Frances Louisa Phillips Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #542, accessed 6th December 2013 02:27:37 PM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/alice-phillips.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Miss Alice Frances Louisa Phillips
Born: Monday 26th January 1891
Age: 21 years (Female)
Last Residence: in Ilfracombe Devon England
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2 , £21
Destination: New Brighton Pennsylvania United States
Rescued (boat 12)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)