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, Diamond Hill, South Africa 1901 (609 Sergt. Major C. W. Ensor, 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 Christchurch on the 24th; 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.

Charles William Ensor, a farmer from Balcairn, attested for the 3rd N.Z. Contingent for service in South Africa and was embarked in the S.S. Knight Templar in February 1900. A member of No. 5 Company, he was present in the actions at Johannesburg and Diamond Hill, in addition to other operations, and served in the Provisional Transvaal Constabulary in the period June to October 1900. Ensor died in September 1934 and is buried in Taihape Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation.