The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016

Sold for £340

Estimate: £220 - £260

Three: Driver H. W. Kensett, 1st Field Ambulance, Australian Imperial Force, late 6th N.Z. Contingent, who was wounded in October 1917

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3694 Pte. H. W. F. Kensett, N. Zealand M.R.); British War and Victory Medals (13801 Dvr. H. W. Kensett, 1-F. Amb. A.I.F.), together with Silver War Badge, the reverse officially numbered ‘A16694’ and gilt metal wound stripe, the clasps riveted but loose on riband on the first, one letter of surname officially corrected on the second, good very fine (5) £220-260


Harold Watham Kensett, who was born in Forbes, New South Wales, enlisted in the 6th N.Z. Contingent in South Africa. A member of No. 19 Company, he served variously in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal and was discharged in May 1902.

Attesting for the Australian Imperial Force in December 1915, aged 33 years, he was drafted to the Army Medical Corps and embarked for France in July 1916. he subsequently served as a Driver in 1st Field Ambulance up until he evacuated on account of gunshot wounds to his back and head in October 1917. Having then attended a convalescent home, he was embarked for Australia at the year’s end and was discharged in March 1918; sold with copied research and roll confirmation - he was sent his state and dated clasps in 1908.