Francis Edward Byrne

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Captain Francis Edward Byrne, R.N., Retired (13 October, 1882 – 8 August, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Rathmines, Dublin the son of William H. Byrne, architect.

Byrne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1904.

Byrne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1912.

Byrne was appointed to Canada from 10 June, 1915 until 12 July, 1917 and was noted by Captain Nicholson as being a talented spotter. It seems likely that he was her spotting officer at the Battle of Jutland.

Byrne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1917.


Byrne was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 12 November, 1928.

World War II

Byrne was medically unfit for service in World War II, due to jaundice.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles T. Wilson
In Command, Physical Training School, Portsmouth
14 Apr, 1921[1] – Feb, 1923
Succeeded by
Tim M. Barrett
Preceded by
Douglas Faviell
Captain of H.M.S. Ark Royal
15 Mar, 1923[2] – 16 Mar, 1925
Succeeded by
Christopher J. F. Wood
Preceded by
Dudley B. N. North
Captain of H.M.S. Champion
4 Apr, 1925 – 10 Apr, 1925
Succeeded by
Charles D. Burke


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 834.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 216.