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Battista, R.A., M.M., 1914-18 1939-45 (1969)

Photo: Sophie Tobin Remigio Alphonse Battista

Medal Index Card

Military Medal award

Photo: Sophie Tobin : Christine and Sister Rosina

Remigio Alphonse Battista, born on the 11th October 1889, in a house at Via Fontana Rosa, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy, to Antonio, [born 1855, died 20th January 1936], and Christina {Fancredi D'Andrea} Battista, born 20th September 1860, Cassino Italy, died 26th May 1945. They were married in 1884, and had 9 children, 7 survived 2 died.

The children were Antonio, born 7th September 1885, died 1888, Angelo, in a house at Via Fontana Rosa, Frosinone, Cassino, Italy, Angelo, born 21st May 1883, [who married Hannah Battista from South Shelds, in January 1911], Celesta Battista was born on the 2nd January 1897 at 28 Trafalgar Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, [who won the Military Medal in WW1], Rosina, 'Rose' born 21st July 1892, Newcastle. Vincent, born Newcastle 1894, Francesco, [Frank], born Newcastle 21st July 1899 and Philip, born Newcastle 1903.

In 1891, Antonio and Christina with their eldest boy Angelo and Remigio were residing at 20 Carliol Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

By 1901 they had moved and were residing at 28 Trafalgar Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this was where the rest of the 5 children were born.

Antonio, was a self employed Boot Maker, and had two other brothers called Vincenzo, born 29th March 1852, died 4th January 1900, and Giovanni, born 8th April 1845, died 1901, who had settled with their families in Newcastle upon Tyne around 1874.

In 1911, he was boarding at 8 Richardson Street, Middlesborough, away from the rest of the family.

In October 1911, Remigio married Mary Ann Dodds, born 1880, Sunderland, [daugter of James born 1849 and Isabella Miller born 1853], of Bishopwearmouth Sunderland.

Remigio and his wife had four children Rose Battista, born 12th February 1912, died 2004, Thomas Battista, born 1915, died 1964, Christine Mary 'Nann' born 6th March 1920, died 1987 and Desmond Battista, born 1914, died 1982.

Remigio enlisted into the 23rd (4th Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers on the 5th July 1916. Service number 32691. Transferred after training into the 22nd (3rd Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He eventually was transferred into the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, who are in the 9th Brigade, of the 3rd Division. Its with this battalion he won the Military Medal.

On the 24th October 1918, Remigio was hit by a rifle bullet in his left arm, causing a compound septic fracture of his olecranon {/oʊˈlɛkrənɒn/ from the Greek olene meaning elbow and kranon meaning head is the large, thick, curved bony eminence of the ulna, a long bone in the forearm that projects behind the elbow. It forms the most pointed portion of the elbow and is opposite to the cubital fossa or elbow pit}.

He was taken to the 34th Casualty Clearing Station, then located at Grevillers, and placed in Ward 5. On the 25th October after an operation, he was sent to 19th Casualty Clearing Station, [for three days], which had just moved to Caudry, midway between Cambrai and Le Cateau, due to the speed of the British advance. Then back along with 1500 other casualties by Ambulance Train no 11, [The R.A.M.C. continued converting French rolling stock up to train number 11, and in November 1914, the first specially built medical train was sent out from the UK and designated number 12. No train was given the number 13 and near the end of the war, number 43 arrived in France], to an unknown Hospital.

No.11 Ambulance Train was one fitted up by the British Red Cross Society, and Order of St. John of Jerusalem. It was composed of 3rd Class carriages, which had been so adapted that it was able to carry a large number of stretcher cases. It also was a non-communicating train. The Nursing Staff of this train was composed of 11 British Red Cross trained Nurses, but the Sister-in-Charge was a member of the Regular Service.

Due to the severity of his wounds in his arm, Remigio was awarded the Silver Award Badge no 511595. He is discharged under Kings Regulations Para XVI (xvi). No longer physically fit for war service.

He was discharged from the 20th January 1920.

Remigio received his badge around the 16th December 1920.

Remegio started to receive his pension from the 21st February 1919 at 100% disability, weekly 40s for him, and 35s for his wife. Having 4 children at the time. On the 14th November 1922, his pension was reassessed at 30%, 12 s for him, 10/8d for his wife. The pension ended on the 13th November 1923.

The address at the time was still 103 Blandford Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In 1939 he was at 9 Digby R.A.F. Station , East Kesteven R.D., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven), England.

Digby was originally called RAF Scopwick and was established on 28 March 1918. It has been home to a number of units, including Nos. 2 and 3 Flying Training Schools and both Guy Gibson and Douglas Bader were stationed here. In 1942, the station became a Royal Canadian Air Force Station operating Mosquito aircraft.

Remigio died in 1969 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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