Delfino Borroni

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Delfino Borroni
Delfino Borroni
Born (1898-08-23)August 23, 1898
Turago Bordone, Giussago (PV) - Italy
Died October 26, 2008(2008-10-26)
(aged 110 years, 64 days)
Allegiance Italy Italy
Service/branch Italian Army
Years of service January 1917 – May 1920
Unit 6th Bersaglieri
Battles/wars World War I
Other work Tram driver

Delfino Edmondo Borroni (August 23, 1898 – October 26, 2008), Knight of Vittorio Veneto, was, at age 110, Italy's oldest man, and the eleventh-oldest verified man in the world.

He was the last veteran of the Alpine Front in the First World War. This accolade followed the June 2008 death of the penultimate Italian Francesco Domenico Chiarello. The last Austro-Hungarian veteran, Franz Künstler, died in May 2008. At the time of his death, there were two other trench veterans remaining: Englishman Harry Patch and Frenchman Fernand Goux, who fought on the Western Front.

Borroni, a mechanic, was born in Giussago, in the province of Pavia; he was called up in January 1917, and assigned to the "6th Bersaglieri" regiment in March. He first saw action in the Pasubio Alpine massif, where he fought against the Austro-Hungarian forces. He also fought in Valsugana and at Caporetto, where, after being shot in the heel while on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, he was captured as an Austrian prisoner of war and was forced to dig trenches until he managed to escape in the last days of the war.

He was seriously wounded as a civilian during World War II in an Allied air raid (he was a tramway driver).

His passing was commemorated in the news and especially by the Italian Government, namely by Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa, who attended the funeral.

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