Now I have written about Little Italy but never really focused on the role played by the community in that conflict.
It was prompted by my friend Sally’s picture of the memorial “To our Italian comrades 1915-1918” which has been reset in front of the Cenotaph at the new site by the west entrance to the Town Hall.
The starting point will be the excellent book written by Anthony Rea which “paints a picture of Little Italy through [the] anecdotes of its colourful inhabitants [and which] was first published in 1988, at a time when Ancoats had become virtually forgotten.”
But there will be much more.
*Manchester's Little Italy, Anthony Rea, 1988, Neil Richardson
Pictures; Memorial “To our Italian comrades, from the collection of Sally Dervan, 2014, and outside Nazaren Bella’s Ice Cream Shop on Jersey Street, 1922, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass