Rome, Lazio, Italy

Enrico Toti (1882-1916)

With all the WWI centenary coverage this week, we were moved to come across this statue at the Villa Borghese, on a recent family vacation in Rome. Enrico Toti was a railway worker from Rome; his leg was lost in a workplace accident in 1906. After that, he became a distance cyclist, riding from Rome to Lapland, and down to Egypt, to great acclaim. At the onset of WWI, he was considered unfit for military service, but he volunteered as a bicycle courier, and became an unofficial member of the 3rd Bersaglieri Bicycle Battalion. He died at the Sixth Battle of Isonzo, and is one of the very few civilians awarded Italy's medal for military valor.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Toti

Enrico Toti (1882-1916)