The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £420

Estimate: £260 - £280

Five: Sergeant M. Harrison, Wellington Infantry (N.Z.E.F.), late New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 6th N.Z. Contingent

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3617 Pte. M. Harrison, N. Zealand M.R.); British War and Victory Medals (10/3590 Sjt, M. Harrison, N.Z.E.F.); War Medal 1939-45; New Zealand Service Medal 1939-45, together with ‘South African War’ fern leaf badge, base metal and enamel, and Returned Soldiers Association badge, numbered 10/3590’, the dated clasps on the first loose on riband, good very fine and better (7) £260-280


Michael Joseph Harrison, a shepherd from Christchurch, attested for the 6th N.Z. Contingent and was embarked in the S.S. Cornwall in January 1901. A member of No. 19 Company, he served variously in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal and was discharged in May 1902. Re-enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October 1915, he was drafted to the 9th (Wellington) Rifles and embarked for Egypt in January 1916. Later in the same year, he was embarked for France, where he served in the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment until the war’s end. He was finally discharged as a Sergeant in February 1920. Also credited with military service in New Zealand during the 1939-45 War, he died in January 1958 and his ashes were scattered at Waikumete Cemetery; sold with copied research and roll confirmation.