Thomas Byles
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Biological Information
Full name

Father Thomas Roussel Davids Byles (Saint Thomas Byles - Posthumous)

Nicknames

Father (by passagers)

Gender

Male

Born

February 26, 1870

Death

April 15, 1912 (age 42)

Cause

Perished on Titanic

Background Information
Hometown

Leeds, Yorkshire

Titanic Statistics
Boarded

Southampton, England

Destination

New York, U.S.A.

Occupation

Passenger, valet, bodyguard

Class

Second class

Fate

died

Production
Classification

Historical character

Portrayal

James Lancaster

Byles reciting Hail Mary before the ship breaks in two.

Father Thomas Byles was a Catholic priest and a second-class passenger on the RMS Titanic.

Byles conducted church sessions for those on board. He stayed behind on the Titanic after she began sinking, though he was technically entitled to a lifeboat seat; refusing twice.

Byles was last seen reciting prayers from the Hail Mary passage and giving final consolation to passengers left stranded on the Titanic's stern after all the lifeboats were gone. He does appear in Rose dream with other who died.

Although it is never seen on-screen, he and many of those who joined him for the religious ceremony at the stern died when the ship split and rose vertically in to the air.

He was portrayed by James Lancaster. He was also notably one of the only second class passengers portrayed in the film, along with Titanic's Orchestra leader, Wallace Hartley.

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