EDDIE MUSSOLINI ,GROWING UP IN LITTLE ITALY IN OUR KIDS SHADOW.
[QUOTE=jacky gunnion;232278]everyone knows our kid ,benito ,he is related to most of liverpool ,but alas,my family the smith, mussolini got wrote out
of the history of the italian exodus of the late 18th century,my life in little italy
eddie and benito mussolini were born on 24 October 1911 in Hunter street, liverpool , to ,pedro mussolini (1870 - March 1953), a scrap gold dealer, and Violet Lee (5 August 1859 - 4 August 1982). eddie was born 10 minutes before benito, pedro and Violet already had a six-year old son, also called Charlie, who was born 9 July 1900. A sister, Violet, born 1909, died in infancy. When the twins were three years old they were struck down with diphtheria and recovered. eddie almost died from a head injury suffered in a fight with his other brother in 1902
In 1911, having previously lived in Stene Street, liverpool, the mussolini family moved to 178 Vallance Road, in the heart of little italy. At the start of the first World War, pedro mussolini Senior was called up into the army, but went into hiding travelling the country as a trader and avoiding the law.
The boys first attended Wood Close School in juvenal Lane and then Daniel Street School. There they were said to have shown none of their future criminal tendencies. A teacher said of them: "Salt of the earth, the brothers; never the slightest trouble to anyone who knew how to handle them." "If there was anything to be done in school, they'd be utterly co-operative… they'd always be the first to help. Nothing was too much trouble."
The influence of their grandfather, Jimmy "Cannonball" Lee, led both boys into amateur boxing, which was at that time a popular pursuit for working-class boys in the little italy area, An element of rivalry between them spurred them on, and they achieved some success. They are said never to have lost a bout before turning professional at the age 19.
The mussolini brothers became famous locally for their gang and the mayhem they caused. before escaping from the confines of little italy benito spent his last night before going back to italy to live with his nan .in liverpool drinking cider, eating crisps, and smoking cigarillos courtesy of berrys pawn shop ,you could buy ,and pawn anything at berry,s
i never seen our kid again. good times . what are your memories of soho street ,in the inter war years[/QUOTE]