Italian 'Great War' veteran dies at 109

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11 October 2007, DRAGUIGNAN (AFP) - An Italian veteran of World War I, Justin Tuveri, who moved to France to escape the rise of fascism, has died at the age of 109, his family announced Wednesday.

11 October 2007

DRAGUIGNAN (AFP) - An Italian veteran of World War I, Justin Tuveri, who moved to France to escape the rise of fascism, has died at the age of 109, his family announced Wednesday.

Born in Sardinia, Tuveri joined the Italian army in 1917 and took part in the Battle of the Three Mountains in Asiago, northeastern Italy against  Austrian-Hungarian forces.

Wounded in the left leg, Tuveri spent six months in the hospital before he rejoined his platoon. Tuveri was decorated with Italy's War Cross and the medal of the Order of the Knights of Vittorio Veneto in 2001 for his service during World War I.

Tuveri left Italy in 1920 with the start of the rise of fascist leader Benito Mussolini and became a French citizen 20 years later.

He died on October 5 in Saint Tropez where he had lived for more than 80 years, the family said in a death announcement published in a local newspaper.

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Subject: French news

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