Having viewed the case notes for George Thomas GASSON during his time at Hellingly asylum there really was nowhere else to go.
The case notes were much the same as those from Haywards Heath asylum. There were no major incidents, no sudden changes in condition, just a slow and gradual decline.
There may be a few other administrative records which may mention George Thomas, which may be worth checking, such as the records for Cuckfield Union who paid for his care. They are unlikely to add much to the story of George Thomas, but I need to check them just in case.
These records are unlikely to answer the one big question that still remains with me: Who in the family actually knew what happened to George Thomas GASSON?
I am proud to have uncovered his story and one day (sooner rather than later) I will put together the full story in one document and make sure it is never lost (or hidden) again.
[next week: George Thomas GASSON wasn’t just a lunatic – some notes on George Thomas before mental illness took hold]