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



Edward St John Daniel's Grave and Memorials


Edward St John Daniel was buried in Grave No. 851, Block 27, Hokitika Cemetery, on 21st May 1868. Whatever marker may have been placed on the grave at the time has not survived.

In July 1971, concern was expressed over the overgrown state of Daniel's unmarked grave in Hokitika Municipal Cemetery. As a result, the Hokitika-Westland branch of the NZ Returned Services Association (equivalent to the British Legion) made representations to the local Borough Council. The grave lay in a remote part of the cemetery that was due to be bulldozed and closed off, being very close to an eroding cliff.

 A suggestion that the body be exhumed and reburied in another area was rejected in favour of a granite memorial plaque in the Returned Services portion of the cemetery. This plaque, which was eventually erected the following year at a cost of 75 New Zealand dollars, reads simply:

In Memory Of

The area around Daniel's actual grave (still unmarked) has now been redeveloped as a park and car park.

On 4th June 2011, a commemorative plaque, commissioned by the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS), was unveiled in a ceremony at Daniel's family home, 1 Windsor Terrace, Clifton, Bristol, by Christopher St John H. Daniel, a grandnephew of Edward St John Daniel.

Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque
Unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque by Christopher Daniel
Accompanied by the Lord Mayor's trumpeter

Photo courtesy of Maggie Shapland and CHIS
    Memorial Stone Hokitika Cemetery
Memorial Stone
Hokitika Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Iain Stewart

Commemorative Plaque at Windsor Terrace
Commemorative Plaque at
1 Windsor Terrace, Clifton

Photo courtesy of
Maggie Shapland and CHIS


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