Prince Umberto, Count of Salemi
|Count of Salemi|
22 June 1889|
|Died||19 October 1918
Crespano del Grappa
|Burial||Crespano del Grappa|
|House||House of Savoy-Aosta|
|Father||Prince Amadeo, Duke of Aosta|
|Mother||Maria Letizia Bonaparte|
Umberto was born in Turin, the fourth son of Prince Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, the only one by his second wife and niece Princess Marie Laetitia Bonaparte (1866–1926) the daughter of Prince Napoléon and Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy. His father, a former king of Spain, died when he was just a year old. He had three older half-brothers: the Duke of Aosta, the Count of Turin and the Duke of the Abruzzi.
In 1908 Umberto began studies at the Naval Academy in Livorno. In May 1911, while still at the academy, he was accused of theft. His cousin King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy wanted him arrested, but his mother took him to Turin and challenged the king to carry out the arrest. In July Victor Emmanuel ordered that he be detained at the Castle of Moncalieri and then spend eighteen months' aboard a man-of-war, during which time a Gendarmerie colonel would act as his tutor and keeper.
First World War and death
During the First World War Umberto volunteered to serve in the Royal Italian Army. He joined the Army as a Lieutenant and served in a Catania Cavalry regiment. During the war he was awarded a silver medal for bravery displayed while acting as a bombing officer.
Umberto died a month before the end of the war. The official court bulletin recorded that he was killed in action, but in fact he died of Spanish flu. He was buried in the cemetery of Crespano del Grappa. In 1926 his remains were moved to the Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 22 June 1889 – 1 December 1889 His Royal Highness Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta
- 1 December 1889 – 19 October 1918 His Royal Highness The Count of Salemi
- Knight of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy
- Knight of the Civil Order of Savoy
- Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta