This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Christmas series 2016.
Edith Aileen Hassett has been one of the more interesting individuals in the Anglo-Indian Project so far. From marrying her half-cousin to lying about her age to marrying and divorcing an alleged ‘rogue’, she has provided much intrigue.
Edith’s life is best summed up by her daughter, Elaine:
Mums has always been the sweetest and dearest person to me in all this world. She was plump, dark haired and had the prettiest hands I have ever seen. She was ever so gentle and ladylike and never uttered a harsh word or swore. She had a heart of gold and nobody ever asked for alms in vain or begged for food and didn’t get it. Mums helped everybody but nobody helped her in her time.
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