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Reginald Fesch
Written by alberto   

Born in London, at Brixton, in 1873 from Christian Adolf and Annie Lovering, the daughter of an anglican pastor. By the way, various researches in the English Clergy archives in quest of a reverend Lovering did not give any answer so far.

We know nothing about his life as a British youngster. Actually, at the age of 27 he lives in Trieste and practices rowing as a member of the (still existing) Adria Rowing Club. He studies Engineering in a German University (Heidelberg ?) getting his degree in 1902.

He works as a naval engineer at the Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino, a flourishing shipyard (still existing yet under a different brand name) where also his father Christian Adolf had been working before moving to London. He speaks English, German and Italian.

In 1907 he gets the "Diritto d'Incolato" (sort of citizenship) from the City of Trieste.

In 1916, two years after the blow of the World War I he is 43 and joins (we do not know whether voluntarily or not) the Austro-Hungarian army. He serves as an officer (Lst. Faehnrich) in the oriental front (east of Trieste and Gorizia) getting various medals, among which a merit golden cross, the "Goldene Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Tapferkeitsmedaille".

At the end of the war, in 1918 (he is now 45) he marries in Trieste Ljubica Stipić (daughter of Franc Stipić, see topic). One year later they give birth to Annamaria.

Four years later he sells the property inherited by Ljubica, a big apartment in the city centre, and moves to Abbazia, the "Austrian Montecarlo" of those times, on the east coast of Istria near Fiume (Italian in those times, now Croatia). There he opens the hotel "Villa Ayram" (formerly "Pensione Kallina" and nowadays the much bigger "Hotel Istra").

He lives in the nearby village of Laurana, in a nice house near the beach renamed "Villa Fesch". He is very fond in the touristic activity. Besides the hotel in Abbazia he manages a small bathing establishment, the "Peharova", near Villa Fesh. He also loves to sail a small boat, the "Annamaria", and fishes in the gulf together with Frane, a local fisherman.

In 1938 Ljubica dies leaving him widower. Unfortunately these are very hard war times, ending with the defeat of Italy and the loss of Fiume and all Istrian territories. All his properties are lost and nationalised by the newly formed communist Yugoslavian federation.

Reginald, toghether with the daughter Annamaria (whose husband Mario is a war prisoner in Germany) and two grand children are forced to emigrate to Italy where they get the status of refugees.

He dies just the day after Christmas in 1949, at the age of 76 in Trento, Italy, after having spent his last years together with Annamaria and her family, witness of the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, two World Wars and the tragic exodus from the lost lands of Istria, Quarner and Dalmatia.