Trooper Tom Canning in Rome - the 1940's
ime and the war moved on and one day during a short leave in Rome, I was celebrating my 21st birthday at a café near the Pantheon when I noticed two things. One, my waiter was crying, and on the other side of the piazza was a funeral cortege. I asked the waiter what was wrong and he merely pointed to the cortege and said, 'Maestro Pietro Mascagni!' So my mother's favourite composer was buried in Rome on 22 July 1945.
It was when we were close to Rome I heard many operas via the radio, but the standards were not as high as they would have been as most of the ladies had gone to the USA prior … more >>
John Kelly, Joan Styan, John Gardiner, Ashley Leather, Joseph J Brown, Josie Vernon, Audrey Lewis, Trooper Tom Canning and Iain C Macpherson, BBC WW2 People's War. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402148084526 accessed: 20 November, 2017 (BBC WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar)
location of experience: Rome
Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:34:44 +0100