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Antonio was born on 29 August 1899 in Wolverhampton to Italian parents, Domenico and Martella/Marta. By 1911, the family were living at 12 Graisley Street, Wolverhampton, along with Antonio’s siblings Michele, Carmine, Maria, Filomena, Giuseppe and Maria.

Antonio (now anglicised as Anthony), enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment as a Private (number 48299). On 27 May 1918 he was captured unwounded at Craonne and sent as a prisoner to Cassel. He survived the war, and was one of the returning prisoners invited by the proprietors of the Express & Star to a dinner and entertainment at the Baths Assembly Rooms, in March 1919. Antonio/Anthony died in Wolverhampton in 1968.