Michael Daniels
Edward St John Daniel VC
 The story of the first man to forfeit the Victoria Cross



Family of Edward St John Daniel VC


EDWARD DANIEL was born 27 March 1810 in St Paul's Bristol, the first child and only son of EDWARD DANIEL (b. 19 November 1777; m. 13 December 1808; d. 14 April 1847) and HARRIETT SWEETING (b. 1780; d. 23 July 1859). He died 14 July 1872 in Frenchay, Bristol. He married:

1. BARBARA BEDFORD, 3 May 1836 in Long Ashton, Nr. Bristol, daughter of Rev. THOMAS BEDFORD and BARBARA ST JOHN. BARBARA BEDFORD was born Abt. 1814, and died 13 February 1850 in Windsor Terrace, Clifton, Bristol.

2. DARKEY KNIGHT JANE STEWARD COX, 14 November 1854 in St John's Church, Paddington, Middlesex, daughter of JOHN ALBION COX and DORCAS KNIGHT SAYERS. DARKEY COX was baptised 14 January 1833 in Dorchester, Dorset (possibly born 1832 in Calcutta, India), and died 11 September 1893 in Paddington, Middlesex.


i. EDWARD ST JOHN DANIEL, b. 17 January 1837, 1 Windsor Terrace, Clifton, Bristol; d. 20 May 1868, Hokitika, New Zealand. (unmarried)

ii. HENRY BEAUCHAMP DANIEL, b. 26 November 1838, Clifton, Bristol; d. 26 November 1907, Tauranga, New Zealand; m. LOUISA ISABEL LEWIS, 28 August 1873, Westbury-On-Trym, Gloucestershire. (Henry and Louisa had no known children)

iii. BARBARA ANNE TREFUSIS DANIEL, b. 26 April 1840, Clifton, Bristol; d. 21 May 1899; m. HENRY THEODORE PERFECT, 7 August 1862, St. Andrews, Clifton, Bristol. (Barbara and Henry had four sons and two daughters)

iv. ADELA MARGARET DANIEL, b. 16 November 1844, Clifton, Bristol; d. 14 October 1911, Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Essex. (unmarried)

v. LUCY GERTRUDE DANIEL, b. 3 February 1850, Windsor Terrace, Clifton, Bristol; d. 27 October 1921, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. (unmarried)

Children of EDWARD DANIEL and DARKEY COX are:

vi. KATHLEEN MARION KNIGHT TALBOT DANIEL, b. 31 December 1855; d. 1856. (Died in infancy)

vii. ALEXANDER STUART DANIEL, b. 18 July 1857, Clifton, Bristol; d. Bet. 8 - 9 October 1921, St Anthony's Hospital, Cheam, Surrey. (Unmarried)

viii. EVELYN DARKEY OCTAVIA DANIEL, b. 31 July 1858, Clifton, Bristol; d. 26 February 1949; m. CHARLIE WILLIAM CARTER, 1 Apr 1882, Holy Trinity Gray's Inn Road, Holborn, London. (Evelyn and Charlie had three sons and three daughters)

ix. FRANCIS CLAUDE TALBOT DANIEL, b. 6 November 1860, Clifton, Bristol; d. 26 March 1950, Hammersmith, London; m. MABEL ANNIE HALL, 7 January 1884, St Matthew, West Kensington, London. (Francis and Mabel had two daughters)

x. ALBION EDWARD DANIEL, b. 1 January 1862, Clifton, Bristol; d. 1863. (Died in infancy)

xi. MURIEL FANNY CECIL STUART DANIEL, b. 29 October 1864, Clifton, Bristol; d. 11 January 1937, St Ives, Huntingdonshire; m. ERNEST ALFRED EBSWORTH, 28 April 1892, St Marylebone All Saints (Muriel and Ernest had no known children). Ernest died 14 May 1905, South Creake, Norfolk. Muriel m. GEORGE HERBERT, 1907, Kensington, London. (Muriel and George had no known children)

xii. ARTHUR JOHN BERNARD DANIEL, b. 9 June 1869, Frenchay, Bristol; d. 29 January 1915, Walsingham, Norfolk; m. MARGARET (MADGE) JACKSON, 2 May 1895, Christ Church, Harrogate, Yorkshire. (Arthur and Margaret had three sons).


Darkey Knight Cox
Darkey Knight Cox

Portrait by W. Symonds (1856)
Courtesy of Mrs Hilda Daniel

Edward St John Daniel (1837-1868)

Edward St John Daniel c.1860
Edward St John Daniel

Photo: c.1860

Edward St John Daniel c.1860
Edward St John Daniel

Portrait after the photo
Courtesy of Christopher Daniel

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