Lost at Sea (Drowned), 26th January 1918,
From Dublin, Aged 33
Thomas Phillips was born in Dublin in 1885, son of the late Thomas and Catherine Phillips and Husband of Christine Phillips of 30 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin. Serving as a Greaser aboard the Cargo Ship SS Cork on a journey to Liverpool with a general cargo, she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-103 on 26th January 1918, nine miles North East off Lynas Point, Anglesey, Wales.
On this occasion, two torpedoes were fired and both struck the port side of the vessel over the water line. The first entered the engine-room and the second, immediately after, struck near the foremast. Within five minutes, the ship had sunk.
Two lifeboats, containing 30 survivors, were launched. They were located and picked up a couple of hours later by a passing steamer and, after being transferred to another ship, were brought to the nearest port.
12 crew were lost including Thomas Phillips from a ship’s company of 42.
Thomas is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, in London. It commemorates the men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who have no grave but the sea.