Italian

W.W.1 Father and Son grouping comprising of the followings:

Maggiore Giuseppe Governale (Father)

  • Born: 16/03/1868 Palarmo, Italy
  • Kill in action: 20/11/1916 Avalanche at Malga Fieno, Alps
  • Commanding Officer of the 208th Battaglione Milizia Territoriale


  • Al Valore Militare silver medal. Engraved on its back ‘Giuseppe Governale Alpe DI Cosmagnon – 9 Ottober – 20 Novembre 1916’
  • Al Valore Militare Silver medal original award document measuring 25cm by 37mm, issued by the Ministero Della Guerra. Named to ‘Maggiore 208 Battaglione  Milizia Territoriale Governale cav. Giuseppe da Palermo’
  • Al Valore Militare Ministero della Guerra citation, hand written
  • Unit Commendation (Encomio) September – October 1916 from the Commanding Officer of the 44th Infantry Division. Hand written
  • Unit Commendation (Encomio) September – October 1916 from the Commanding Officer of the 44th Infantry Division. Typed
  • Military Service file (Stato Di Service)
  • Original period photo of Maggiore Giuseppe Governale measuring 125mm by 175mm with on the bottom 2 medal ribbon bar. They are for the Al Valore Militare, the Order of the Crown, the War Merit Cross, the War medal 1915-1918, the Unity Medal 1848-1918, and the Medal Allied Victory
  • Visor cap (Berretto) Model 1903 for the rank of Maggiore
  • Visor cap (Berretto) Model 1909 for the rank of Major
  • Dress shoulder boards for the rank Lieutenant (Spalline da Tenente di Infantria)

Capitano Vincenzo Governale (Son)

  • Born: 27/05/1894 Palarmo
  • Died: ?
  • Commanding Officer of the 214th Machine Gun Company


  • Second Lieutenant (Sottotenente) promotion document measuring 25cm by 38cm dated 15/08/1915
  • Commendation (Encomio) dated 17/08/1918
  • Recommendation for the Commendation (Encomio) hand written
  • Recommendation for the Commendation (Encomio) typed
  • War Merit Cross medal with its named presentation document measuring 25 by 37cm
  • Allied Victory medal named presentation document measuring 20cm by 32cm (no medal)
  • Africa Orientale (Eritrea) medal with its named presentation document measuring 26cm by 37cm
  • Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) document in honor of a wound received in combat. Measuring 21cm by 30cm
  • Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) promotion document for the rank of Lieutenant (Tenente) and Captain (Capitano)
  • Military Service resume
  • Hand made map showing the position of the 214th Machine gun Company near the village of Valstagna and facing the Brenta river, dated 17/7/1918
  • Hand made map (Schizzo) showing the position of the 214th Machine gun Company east of the Valumbria
  • Original period photo of him with the rank of Sottotenete during W.W.1, measuring 18cm by 24cm
  • Original photo of him in Black Shirt uniform with Vicor Emmanuel dated 10/1934, measuring18cm by 24cm
  • Original photo of him in Black Shirt uniform with Vicor Emmanuel dated 10/1934, measuring 9cm by 14cm
  • Original photo of him in civilan clothes with a pistol holster on its belt, taken in Eritrea, measuring 9cm by 14cm
  • 2 Identity cards, dated 06/1919, 08/11/1928
  • 1 Veteran identity card dated 08/11/1925
  • Family Registry Status document, dated 19/08/1938
  • Much more post W.W.1 paper


  • All items were obtained here in Montreal from the Governale family. I am selling all as a group, nothing was added our replace. I am selling the Berretto Model 1903 with the plume on it as this is the way iI received it. $2000.00 NEW


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