BACCARINI, ANTONIO (1887-1971), merchant, was born on 7 July 1887 at Avellino, Italy, son of Pasquale Baccarini (d.1919), and his wife Maria Italia, née Vason. In 1900 Antonio moved to Florence when his father was appointed professor of botany at the Instituto di Studi Superiori (University of Florence); he qualified as a chemist in 1913 and as a doctor in science in 1915.
From 1913 Baccarini served in the Italian army; discharged early in 1915, he was almost immediately recalled for service in World War I and was soon promoted captain. Late that year he was posted to London and bought supplies for the Italian army commissariat. On 28 November 1917 at St Peter's Italian Church, Holborn, he married Ruth King. In February 1918 he was recalled to the front and acted as liaison officer between the British and Italian commands; in August 1919 he was awarded the ...Read more at the source website