12 October 2007

RIP: Justin Tuveri

Justin Tuveri
13/15 May 1898 - 5 Oct 2007

Another World War I veteran has died. ZUI this article from the International Herald-Tribune:
Justin Tuveri, who fought for Italy during World War I and was one of the few remaining European veterans of the Great War, has died, officials said Thursday. He was 109.

Tuveri, who spent most of his life in France, remained active despite his advanced age, pruning trees and cleaning out rain gutters at 90 and driving until age 98, Le Monde newspaper said.

He died Oct. 5 at his home in the southern French resort town of St. Tropez, the mayor's office said.


Tuveri, born in Collinas on the island of Sardinia in 1898, was a member of the Sassari Brigade, a Sardinian infantry unit nicknamed the "Dimonios" — Demons in the island's dialect.

According to Wikipedia (here), 30 WWI veterans have died so far this year: eight from Germany, seven from Italy, six from the US, four from France, two each from the UK and Canada, and one from Romania. There are now 22 surviving veterans (here): three living in Australia, one (the only surviving female veteran) in Canada, three in France, two in Germany, four in Italy, one in Poland, one in Turkey, three in the UK and four in the US.

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