William Phillips (1850)

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William Phillips, Boilermaker.

Born 1850 in Penrhyn, he must have been one of the longest serving employees and was still in the Company's employ in 1915. He always described himself as a fitter, but perhaps he specialised in boilers. He married Mary in 1867 and had at least 4 children. They lived in several places in Penrhyn, finally staying at 1, Tyddyn Llwyn sometime before 1891. He was the father of Edward Phillips & Timothy Phillips who was the self-appointed guardian of Boston Lodge during the closure period and brother of Benjamin Phillips, an FR signalman. His father was also named William Phillips

Found recorded in census returns as Railway Fitter from 1871 to 1901

Census Entry for 1891[edit]

An entry has been found for this person at 1, Tyddyn Llwyn
where the year of birth is recorded as: 1850 in Penrhyn
The occupation given is: Fitter / Boilermaker
It is believed, married to Mary in 1867
and the FR/WHR connection is confirmed


William Phillips (1850) is possibly the person in the photo known as Boyd26H. (click here to see) This photo is labelled "A Group taken in the Works Yard before the First War". It is believed to be around 1913. It is not all staff from the yard at that time. There was a list attached to the original which declares who the people are. This person is believed to be in the third row from the back and the second person from the left handside.

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