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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Mr. Aubrey Sassoon...

Mr. Aubrey Sassoon was the son of Mr. A. and Rachel Sassoon.

His father couldn't attend the wedding because he died in Calcutta in 1943.

 Hypothesis 2: Indian connection.

If i remember well, India got its independance in 1947... so Calcutta was still part of the British empire in 1943.

There i need your help, see... In British English, does "M. A. Sassoon late" means the son was called like the father?
It would mean Aubrey junior is the first son...

Or does "M.A." relates to a degree??? (Master of Arts of anything similar?)

It is interesting because an Aubrey Sassoon lived in Lowndes Square in 1952, at number 38!!!!:

Mm. Sassoon (Aubrey junior's mother) was called Rachel. She died in 1964.

She died at age 84 (see middle column)... that means she was born in 1880.

She lived after her husband's death (1943) at the Washington House.
This dates 1954:

The indian connection is reinforced by this document:

It is a passenger list of the ship M.V. Caledonia in 1949 (see last row of the pictured document).

About the occupation of the father... a few possibilities,  one of these: here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"M.A. Sassoon, late of 37 Lowndes Street S.W.1" means that Mr M.A. Sassoon formerly resided at 37 Lowndes Street in London postal code SW1 (which is near Victoria) before he was in India. He died in India at 8 Middleton Street in Calcutta on 23 Jan 1943. It wouldn't have been uncommon in obituaries during the war years or in the days of the British Empire to note where someone came from in England because so many English would have only stayed in colonies a few years, perhaps on government or military duties if not business. Most people of English origin working in the colonies returned within a few years of the colonies declaring independence from England (as with India who became independent in 1947) hence the remaining Sassoon family members in India emigrating (back) to England shortly afterwards in 1949.