The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £220

Estimate: £160 - £180

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 1 clasp, Cape Colony (22 Pte. A. Coffey, N.Z’land M.R.), slightly bent suspension carriage and refixed suspension claw, edge bruising, contact marks, fine: awards to the 1st Contingent are extremely rare £160-180


Alfred Horace Coffey was born in Hawera, Taranaki - where he served in the local Mounted Rifles - and attested for the 1st N.Z. Contingent for service in South Africa at Wellington in October 1899, aged 22 years. A member of No. 1 Company, he was embarked in the S.S. Waiwora, but suffered from sunstroke during the voyage to Cape Town. As a consequence he remained employed there as a store man. He was subsequently invalided to New Zealand in the S.S. Monowai in October 1900 and discharged in August 1902. Coffey died in Auckland in September 1942, aged 70 and is buried in Waikumete Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation.