The Phillips Memorial Cloister, a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, with a magnificent brick cloister 80 feet square designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, was laid out, built and opened exactly two years to the day after the sinking of the Titanic. The memorial is situated between the River Wey and Godalming Parish Church in the Phillips Memorial Park.

The Phillips Memorial Cloister. Photographs courtesy of John Young.

The Phillips Memorial Cloister. Photographs courtesy of John Young.

The Phillips Memorial Cloister. Photographs courtesy of John Young.

The Phillips Memorial Cloister. Photographs courtesy of John Young.

Within the cloister, the Wireless and Telegraph Company commissioned and had erected a memorial stone tablet to the perpetual honour of this brave man, who died four days after his 25th birthday, leaving behind a lasting example of putting lives of others before one’s own.

Memorial Stone Tablet, Godalming Museum Collection

Memorial Stone Tablet, Godalming Museum Collection

Phillips family grave (photograph by John Young)

Phillips family grave (photograph by John Young)

For the 90th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic, in April 2002, Godalming Town Council refurbished the Phillips family grave of Jack’s father, George, and his mother, Ann, and twin sisters, Elsie and Ethel, in the Nightingale Cemetery, Deanery Road. In the centre of a six foot square curb all in white marble, is an obelisk in the shape of an iceberg, a fitting memorial to Godalming hero Jack Phillips.

Click here to find out more about the early life of Jack Phillips.

Click here to continue the story of Jack Phillips on the RMS Titanic.

Find out about Jack Phillips, the RMS Titanic and Godalming Museum Local Studies Library

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4 Responses to Jack Phillips Memorial Garden, Godalming

  1. Georgia Phillips says:

    My husband and his sister and dad (now deceased) always claimed kinship. Wonder if there is a Jack Phillips family tree.

    • Catherine Jones says:

      Hi Georgia, I have a copy of Jack’s family tree from 1783 the surname being Slade then Phillips. Apparently Jack was my second cousin 3 times removed.

  2. Helen smith says:

    Hi I would very much like to visit the mormorial site arc when I am in the UK (aug/sept) Jack was grandmothers cousin and he sent her a menu (we think) from the titanic before it sunk. (My mum saw it but it’s now lost when my grandmother died) I am visiting Ireland where the ship was built and I have always been interested in in.

    • Catherine Jones says:

      Hi Helen, I have a family tree of several generations above Jack. The Tree mentions family moving to Australia, surname Carr. Is that you?

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