Searching for our grandfather

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Searching for our grandfather

Postby Heather1970 » 06 Feb 2016, 11:26

Hi there. I don't know if anyone can help us. Shortly after my mother passed away my sister and I were made aware that our mothers actual father was Italian (he was a WW2 POW). I have been in touch with the international Red Cross and they gave us some information, as to where he was captured, what POW camps he was at (the last camp was in Wales where he met my grandmother), his parents name and address, army rank etc, but that's where it stops as because he wasn't named on my mothers birth certificate the Red Cross could do no more. my grandmother was engaged to him but broke it off when she realised she was pregnant (her parents put a stop to it). He didn't know about the pregnancy which makes this search slightly complicated as it could open a can of worms. We are desperate to find out more about our Italian heritage but don't know where to look next. Many thanks for reading this

Heather :)

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Re: Searching for our grandfather

Postby jecullen3 » 07 Feb 2016, 21:17

Heather,

Welcome to the forum.

If you know your biological grandfather's name, family name, and his parents' names, as well as the town in Italy he is from, there is a great deal of information you might be able to find. I would recommend that you list all the particulars that you know on this forum. There are many very knowledgeable people on this web site who can lead you in the correct direction.

Good luck in your search!
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Re: Searching for our grandfather

Postby Heather1970 » 07 Feb 2016, 21:57

Thank you for your reply Mary, I'm a total novice at all this research so really don't know which way to turn next, here's all the information we have:

Francesco Gaudino
4.11.1920 in solopaca
Father : Michele
Mother : Maria

His army rank was Cap.Magg.
Army unit: Sirte Div. 70. Fant Rgt. 2. Bn. 1 Coy

Service number 15206

His family's address during the war was
Michele Gaudino
Via Bellaura
Solopaca (Benevento)

He possibly had a sister who was a nun and he also had a younger brother.


He was in 1Coy (company), 2nd battalion, 70th div infantry regiment and was over in Libya when he was captured in a place called Tobruk. He was then taken to wales( where he met our grandmother)

My grandmother gave me his name, And the additional information was given to me by the International Red Cross, who then told me that because Francesco wasn't named on my mothers birth certificate they were unable to help any more.

We have also joined a Solopaca group on Facebook and my sister has sent a message to the administrator of the page with the same details I have posted here. She has received this reply:

Dear Erica I have founded this notice for you:
Michele Gaudino (born Dec. 17, 1899)
father: Francesco (son of Matteo and Pasqualina Colella)
mother: Cattolica Cofrancesco (daughter of Michele and Beatrice Rapuano)

Michele married Maria Carmela Volpe January 5, 1920

Francesco Gaudino (born Nov. 4, 1920)
Father: Michele (son of Francesco)
Mother: Maria Carmela Volpe
Francesco received the Confirmation May 12, 1930.
Francesco Bride Rosa Sellaroli (daughter of Armando) January 7, 1951

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Re: Searching for our grandfather

Postby PippoM » 08 Feb 2016, 15:48

So, it seems you know about his family.
What would you like to know, now? About his descendants, or about ancestors? :-)
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Re: Searching for our grandfather

Postby Heather1970 » 08 Feb 2016, 21:23

Hello Guiseppe

We would like to know everything about him, ancestors and descendants, also how would we find out if he was still alive (he would be 95 years old). My grandmother had a photo of him, which she gave to her sister for safe keeping, unfortunately this was lost many years ago, so we don't even know what he looks like. Any information would be gratefully received

Heather :)

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Re: Searching for our grandfather

Postby PippoM » 12 Feb 2016, 14:18

As to ancestors, there are no available databases online for Solopaca.
This is the site for Solopaca parishes:

http://www.parrocchiesolopaca.it/

You might want to contact them to request info/documents about ancestors, starting from Michele backwards (I suggest you not to mention you are an "illegitimate" descendant).

As to descendants, according to Italian White Pages

www.paginebianche.it

there are still several Gaudino's in Solopaca.
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