Royal Naval Reserve, from Dublin
Killed In Action on board H.M.S. “Indefatigable.” 31st May 1916
At the Battle of Jutland
Around 4:00pm, on Wednesday afternoon, May 31st, Indefatigable was hit around the rear turret by two or three shells from the German battlecruiser Von Der Tann. She fell out of formation to starboard and started sinking towards the stern and listing to port. Her magazines exploded at 4:03 after more hits, one on the forecastle and another on the forward turret. Smoke and flames gushed from the forward part of the ship and large pieces were thrown 200 feet (61.0 m) into the air.
Of her crew of 1,019, only two survived. Hugh Byrne’s body was never recovered. He is remembered with honour on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Hugh left behind a widow, Isabella, of 27 Fishamble Street, Dublin
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”