Bandsman Antonio Polato was an Italian sailor of the Royal Navy who died during the First World War.

He was born on 24 December 1859, in Venice, the son of Domenico and Teresa Polato, and later the husband of Elisa, of Senglea, Malta.

Polato died on 31 May 1916, in the Battle of Jutland when hits from German shelling caused the magazines of the armoured cruiser HMS Defence to detonate. The ensuing explosion destroyed the ship, with the loss of all hands.  

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Plymouth Naval Memorial.


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