Day 8: Leonard Havelock Hassett

This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Holiday Season series 2017


Leonard Havelock Hassett was born in Bombay on September 6th 1925, to David Vincent and Edith Aileen Hassett

It appears that Leonard was engaged to be married in 1944. A photograph (of Amy), sent by Leonard on 28th July 1944 to Stanley Wheeler (his brother-in-law) and Elaine Wheeler (his sister), states:

Dear Darling Sister and Brother, Stanley and Elaine, From, Your loving brother and sister-to-be; Len and Amy. 28-7-44

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The official details are unknown but several pictures exist documenting their marriage:

WP_20150615_056_cWhat a day. Got up early and went down and then the post came. A letter from India. My heart just knew what was in it when I saw it was from Sidney Noble. It was to tell me that Lennie died on the 5th June at 2 o’clock of a heart attack. My dream of ever going back to Bombay is over. I don’t think I can make it now… Poor Len. How I wish I had been with him just for a few moments, even. We’ll meet again on the great Divide (emphasis added).


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