4 Post Script

Post Script

                There has been a number of Titanic passenger lists published. From list to list, some details vary, and each author stipulates that their list may contain errors. Common to all lists, however, is that there were five Phillips’s aboard Titanic. Only one was a member of the White Star crew—Greaser A. G. Phillips. His body was never recovered.

                The other four Phillips’s travelled in Second Class. John (Jack) Phillips was an employee of the Marconi Wireless Company. Having served on several liners, including Lusitania and Mauretania, he now found himself serving on Titanic as her Senior Wireless Operator. He had turned 25 only three days before the ship struck the iceberg. He kept communicating with other ships until the Radio Room was about to dip into the water. He was one of the men who climbed onto the bottom of the upside-down collapsible. He expired shortly before dawn.

                Walter Phillips was an employee of Luigi Gatti, who operated the ship’s à la carte restaurant, aft on B-Deck. (The First Class Dining Room, on D-Deck, served free meals at fixed times. Conversely, First Class passengers could pay to dine in the à la carte restaurant at any time of the day, and late into the night). Walter had worked for Luigi Gatti in Olympic’s à la carte restaurant and was obviously good at his job, otherwise he wouldn’t have been chosen to serve on Titanic’s maiden voyage. Walter’s body was never recovered; Luigi Gatti’s body was recovered by the steamship Minia (one of four ships sent to recover the bodies) and catalogued as “body 313”.

                Robert Phillips, 43, lost his wife to tuberculosis in August 1911. His brother, William, suggested he move to America and secured him a job as a factory foreman in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Robert booked passage for himself and his 21-year-old daughter, Alice, aboard Philadelphia.  Due to coal strikes, Philadelphia couldn’t depart, and their passage was transferred to Titanic.

                Alice felt the shock of the collision but was reassured by a cabin steward that there was nothing wrong. Ultimately, she went up to the Boat Deck, accompanied by her father, and was put into Boat 12. The body of Robert Phillips was never recovered. Alice was met in New York by her uncle, William.

                Alice subsequently got married and moved to Manchester. In 1916, she fell victim to a flu epidemic and died at the age of 25.

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