Photograph of Carmine De Marco in military uniform, 1916
Photograph of Carmine De Marco, dressed in Italian military uniform, 1916.
Carmine De Marco first came to Canada around 1902. Naturalized as a British subject in 1911, he returned to Italy to serve in the Italian military during World War I. De Marco fought with the Allies against the Germans, losing a brother in the war, who became a local hero. He married Antonia Scappatura from his village in Calabria in 1919 and returned to Canada soon thereafter.
Given his WWI service, De Marco served as the president of the Italian War Veterans Association (North Bay chapter). This organization became associated with fascist politics in the 1930s.
On June 10, 1940, Carmine De Marco was arrested and interned as a threat to the Canadian state.