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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
Leonard and Amy
It is not known what happened to Amy, and whilst official documentation is lacking, we do know Leonard married Gemrose:
The official details are unknown but several pictures exist documenting their marriage:
One picture in particular (below), sent to Edith Aileen Smith – Leonard’s mother – gives the apparent date of Leonard and Gemrose’s wedding as 19 June 1949 at Bandra’s Town Hall (Bandra is a suburban village in Western Bombay (Mumbai)):
It is believed that Leonard lived his entire life in Bombay, India. Despite not having any official documents we do know that Leonard died on 5 June 1977, aged 51. An entry in Elaine Wheeler’s (his sister) diary dated 15 June 1977, reads:
What 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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