Post Office Memorial

Godalming and District News

At the Godalming Post Office, where Phillips was employed as a telegraphist for three years before leaving to enter the Marconi School at Liverpool, the Postmaster (Mr. W. R. Williams), and
his staff have provided a suitable memorial to their former colleague.

It takes the form of a picture in beaten copper, and has been executed by Mr. C. Elworthy, headmaster of the Godalming Grammar School, where Phillips was educated. The memorial, which is about 18ins by 12ins, is divided into eight sections, and in the centre there is a portrait of the young wireless operator. Over this there are the initials J. P., surrounded by a wreath, and underneath a representation of the Titanic. On the other side there is the wireless emblem, interwoven in which are the letters ''S.O.S.''. The Godalming Post Office initials appear in the top left-hand corner, and in the opposite corner there is the badge of the Marconi service, while in the two corners at the bottom are the Godalming Grammar School badge and the date of the disaster. The memorial is excellently designed and will be a handsome and lasting record of a brave deed.

In addition to the post office memorial the postmen themselves are providing for a large framed portrait of Phillips to be hung in their room.

''The Standard'' states that the telegraphists of the Madrid Post Office have decided to put up a photograph of the late Mr. Phillips, the ''wireless'' operator of the Titanic in their instrument room. They will also send a proposal to the International Telegraph Bureau at Geneva that some step be taken to honour his memory.

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