Serjeant Victor Padureano, MM was a soldier of the British Army who died during the Second World War.

He was born in Belgium, the son of Romanian-born musician Michel and Maude Victoria Padureano (née Winks), of Felixstowe, England. His family later resided in Norfolk and Victor declared his residence as Suffolk on enlistment.

Aged 23, Padureano died on 14 July 1943, during the Italian Campaign, while serving with the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. His battalion had, on the 13th, conducted a parachute assault on the Primosole Bridge. Only 295 of the 1,856 scattered paratroopers who had been deposited in the area reached their objective. Those who did were able to secure the bridge, but were soon subject to sustained German counter-attacks.[1] Padureano, who was described as a "Spaniard" in a 1950 history of the regiment, was killed in the defence.[2]

He is buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.


  1. Primosole Bridge, Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. Saunders, Hilary Aidan St. George (1950), The Red Beret: The Story of The Parachute Regiment At War, 1940-1945, p. 133.


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