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Carlo Erba is considered as one of the most relevant characters of the Italian Futurist Movement.
In 1915, in keeping with the Futurists' support for Italy's participation in the Great War, Erba enrolled in the Lombardy Battalion of Cyclist Volunteers, together with Umberto Boccioni, Marinetti, Funi and Sant'Elia. Carlo Erba was killed in service in Ortigara touched by a grenade, on 13 June 1917. His body was never found. He was 33.