WHIPPANY, April 23---More about the heroism of Rev. Thomas R. Byles, of England, who lost his life on the Titanic, was told yesterday by his brother William, of Brooklyn, who was a guest of Father Clifford, of St. Marys Church here.
From several wreck survivors now in St. Vincents Hospital, Manhattan, Mr. Byles learned that his brother had declined the offer of a life belt in favor of another passenger.
It was then, as he has been told, that Father Byles stepped back into the cabin where he knelt down with a group of Irish immigrants, seamen and stokers, gave conditional absolution to all and recited the rosary.
Thomas Roussel Davids Byles
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(1912) PRIEST GIVES AWAY A LIFEBELT OFFERED HIM Newark Evening News (ref: #1122, accessed 25th May 2016 05:16:20 AM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/priest-gives-away-lifebelt-offered-him.html
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