The Hon. David Llewellyn, A.M., a former Minister in Tasmania’s government, and his wife Julie (née Reid) came to Ballincollig recently to seek information on Felix Reid, Julie’s g.g.g. grandfather. Felix Reid (1756-1833) enlisted in the Royal Artillery, 8th Battalion and was stationed in Charles Fort, Kinsale for a time. He was discharged as a Sergeant in 1805 having served in the British Army since 1777. He then re-engaged as a Master Gunner until 1812.
He then worked as a Foreman Labourer in Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills and is listed in the 1815 List of Employees in the British Board of Ordnance in Ballincollig, which states that he started work there in 1813. The list described him as married with four children. Felix Reed was buried in Ballincollig Military Cemetery in 1833 at 77 years of age. In his burial record he was described as ”late Master Gunner”. Unfortunately, there is no extant headstone for Felix Reid in Ballincollig Military Cemetery.
While in Ballincollig, the Tasmanian visitors met with Margaret and Randy Jordan. Julie presented Margaret with a signed copy of the book “Tasmania, Island of Tranquility”.
Julie and David Llewellyn are grateful for the following:
Anne Donaldson’s burial records on http://www.interment.net for 1833 burial record
Anne Donaldson’s book on the British Military Graveyard
Anne Donaldson & Jenny Webb’s book on Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills for Ordnance List 1815, etc.
Margaret Jordan’s Ballincollig Heritage blog for information on Ballincollig’s heritage
Ballincollig Library for Ballincollig Heritage Association’s (BHA) temporary display on the Military History of Ballincollig
OPW for access to the Ballincollig Military Cemetery