Father Thomas Byles
Person Male Born 26/2/1870 Died 15/4/1912
Catholic priest. Born Roussel Davids Byles in Leeds. He was ordained in 1902, (which is when he took the name of Thomas), and in 1905 was assigned to St Helen's Parish in Chipping Ongar, Essex. He travelled on the RMS Titanic in order to officiate at his brother's wedding in New York. As the ship was sinking, he reputedly twice refused a place on a lifeboat, and gave absolution to more than a hundred passengers who remained trapped on the stern of the ship. His body, if recovered, was never identified. In 2015, the first steps were taken to making him a saint.