The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £280

Estimate: £160 - £180

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Pte. P. O. Fraser, 484 N.Z.M.R.), officially engraved in large upright capitals, as issued from H.M.S. Ophir, good very fine £160-180


The recipient received his Medal during the Royal Visit to New Zealand undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in H.M.S. Ophir in June 1901, in his case at Dunedin on the 26th; such awards were not inscribed with the recipient’s name and had to be returned to the authorities for appropriate engraving at a later date.

Peter Orr Fraser, from Dunedin, New Zealand, attested for the 2nd Contingent for service in South Africa and was embarked in the S.S. Waiwera in January 1900. A member of No. 4 Company, he was present in the action at Johannesburg, in addition to other operations, and subsequently served in ‘G’ Squadron of the 8th Contingent. Fraser died at Invergargill in December 1946, where he is buried in the Eastern Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation, the latter stating that the recipient was issued with a replacement set of clasps in 1909.