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UK to Israel 1956 - Leonard Byrt

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UK to Israel 1956 - Leonard Byrt

Posted: 1555098672000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Byrt
Hi all

I've found some recent documents related to my great-grand uncle, Leonard R Byrt, which I could do with some help explaining. It's entirely possible I'm reading too far into the little amount of information I've got, but even if I am it would be good to find a solid explanation!

On 14 January 1956, Leonard departed London for Haifa, Israel, on the ship Tamar which was owned by Shoham Maritime Services Ltd. He travelled 1st Class alongside a handful of others (all unrelated to him).

He was aged around 65 at the time and a retired "bank official." He left behind his wife.

Leonard was in Israel for around two months. He departed Haifa for London - on the same ship - on 5 March 1956.

Obviously this could just be a holiday, but why would he go without his wife? The only reason I'm curious is because it was such a long trip, alone, and in the same year as the Suez Crisis. Again, I might (probably) be reading too much into it.

Any advice on where to go from here on finding out what he was doing would be greatly appreciated! Thank you,


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