- 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
- 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.