The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £500

Estimate: £280 - £320

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901 (1803 S.Q.M. Serjt. A. J. MacLaine, 4th N. Z’land R.R.), good very fine £280-320


Alexander James Maclaine, who was born in Christchurch June 1873, attested for the 4th N.Z. Contingent for service in South Africa and was embarked in the S.S. Monowai in March 1900. A member of No. 10 Company, he served in Rhodesia, in addition to other operations, and afterwards transferred to the 7th Contingent, in which he was commissioned Lieutenant in June 1901 - according to one testimonial, he ‘always behaved well in action in the Field’. He later served in the 10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles but did not go overseas in the Great War and was placed on the Retired List in September 1921. Maclaine died in November 1945 and is buried in Omaka Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation - his ‘Orange Free State’ clasp was issued in March 1905.