The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £180

Estimate: £160 - £180

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (537 S.S. E. Rubick, “2nd N.Z.M.R.”), officially engraved in large upright capitals, as issued from H.M.S. Ophir, the riveted clasps loose on riband, 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 Wellington on the 19th; 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.

Edward James Rubick, from Masterton, Wairarapa, attested for the 2nd N.Z. Contingent for Service in South Africa and was embarked in the S.S. Waiwera in January 1900. He subsequently served as a Shoeing-Smith in the Hotchkiss Detachment, a unit comprising one officer and 38 other ranks, and was discharged in October 1902. Rubick died at Hutt Valley in June 1957 and is buried in Taita Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation.