The Extraordinary life of an Ordinary man

We have received information about a book on the life of Harry Phare written by his grand daughter, Alison Trowell.

The main interest in this book for veterans is likely to be the chapter detailing Harry Phare’s time as a sea-going wireless telegraphist for the Marconi Company during the period 1903/4.   However, there are other chapters dealing with his later life and snippets that will appeal to boys of all ages, like the steam launches that Harry sailed around Torquay until well after the second world war.

More details of the book are in the flyer below.

The author has very kindly given a copy of this book to The Marconi Veterans Association.  This will eventually be passed to the chelmsford Industrial Museum at Sandford Mill for safe keeping with the other Marconi artefacts.  To mark the book’s receipt here is veteran Chris Gardiner formally presenting the book to our Chairman veteran Peter Turrall

Book Presentation


In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

D J Amos
J Bodonyi
R D Land
R P Sarginson

This list was correct on 6 December 2010 and supersedes the list published on  13 September 2010.

Marconi Building

The new Marconi Building at Anglia Ruskin University was officially opened by Princess Elettra Giovanelli Marconi on 17 November 2010

This was reported in the Chelmsford Weekly News and their report can be read at

There is also a report on the Anglia Ruskin University website at

Some pictures of the ceremony that were supplied by Veteran Eric Peachey are here