|Birth:||23 August 1898|
Turago Bordone, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
|Death:||26 October 2008|
Castano Primo, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
|Age:||110 years, 64 days|
Delfino Edmondo Borroni (23 August 1898 – 26 October 2008) was a verified Italian supercentenarian who at the age of 110 years, 64 days, was 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, following 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 still alive- 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, a tram driver, in an Allied air raid during World War II.
Delfino died on 26 October 2008 at the age of 110 years, 64 days. His death was noted in the news. The Italian Government's Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa attended the funeral.
|Italy's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Battista Beghelli • Giuseppe Jussig • Francesco Paba • Francesco Soldati Gabbini • Vincenzo Pintorno • Unknown • Leonardo Tamasi • Ulrico Miani • Beniamino Vitone • Pasquale Capella • Giuseppe Arena • Luigi Saba • Francesco Carlino • Giuseppe De Bonis • Cesare Di Claudio • Paolo Gioletta • Giovanni Ferzini • Antonio Giacchetti • Giuseppe Varagona • Domenico Minervino • Constanzo Tizzano • Saverio Russo • Filippo Mogavero • Adelmo Meoni • Giuseppe Pinna • Valentino Stella • Antonio Baldo • Antonio Todde • Giovanni Frau • Pasquale Frasconi • Carlo Orelli • Carmine Alfano • Luigi Rava • Dante Gavagnin • Italo Sarrocco • Delfino Borroni • Carlo Dozzi • Giovanni Ligato • Giuseppe Mirabella • Arturo Licata • Salvatore Caruso • Valerio Piroddi • Andrea Lattari • Lorenzo Berzero • Luigi Tomasi • Salvatore Cavallo • Giovanni Quarisa • Giovanni La Penna • Antonino Turturici