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Italo Grumoli

Servicenumber : 13092606
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 11th Battalion
Date of Death : 29-09-1944
Age : 24
Grave : Plot 6. Row F. Grave 11.
Italo "Jake" Grumoli was a son of Leonello and Maria Grumoli, of Campbeltown, Argyllshire, Scotland. His father Leo was born in a small village near the Italian town Barga. He worked in Britain before he decided to bring his family to Campbeltown for good. He opened a cafe in Hall Street and his brother Umberto opened two cafes in Long Row South and Main Street. When war broke out his three sons (Robert, Alfredo and Italo) went into the Army and three daughters (Lidia, Dora and ?) in the women's auxiliary services. When Mussolini's Italy joined the war, the Grumoli cafes had their windows broken in by angry locals. Leo and Umberto were arrested and interned on the Isle of Man as enemy aliens. Their wives were forced to leave the town, because it was now a centre for naval training. After two years the men were freed but not allowed to return to Campbeltown.
Italo Grumoli began his war duties in North Africa and was then stationed in Gibraltar. 
According to the website www.marketgarden.com Grumoli was a talented cartoonist. Some of his cartoons can be seen on that website (click here) and on the website www.rememeringsctolandatwar.org.uk (click here).
According to this last website Italo Grumoli was at the invasion of France.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Grumoli probably drowned in the river Rhine during the withdrawal on 25/26 september 1944. His body was recovered from the river Lek on 26 november 1944, and was buried in the General Cemetery at Lopik-Dorp the next day. At the time it was not known who this soldier was, and it took until 1948 before the remains were exhumed and identified. Because the grave was in the Children's Plot, the private was reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bergen op Zoom on 28 april 1953.
Grumoli's name is mentioned on the the Campbeltown War Memorial. 
Picture: 20-08-2016
Rest in peace
 

Italo and his mother Maria
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Arnhem Their Final Battle', website www.marketgarden.com, website www.rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk and Roll of Honour

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