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



Latest News


20 June 2017

Daniel's India General Service Medal for sale at auction

Edward St John Daniel's India General Service Medal (with clasp for "Pegu") is being offered for sale at Morton & Eden's auction on 6th July 2017. Estimate £5000-7000. View catalogue


17 May 2016

Victoria Cross Heroes (Video Documentary)

I have added the first episode of the excellent video documentary "Victoria Cross Heroes" which includes the story of Edward St John Daniel. You will find the video on the homepage.


16 May 2016

Website Revamp

The website has been redesigned to improve navigation and clarity of information.


23 Oct 2013

Composite Photograph

I have created this composite image from the known photograph of Daniel (c. 1860) and the cabinet photograph purported to be of Daniel in later life. Despite needing to mirror the cabinet photo, the composite shows a remarkable correspondence between the two photos.

  Composite Photo  

12 Oct 2013

Daniel's Grandmother

Daniel's grandmother finally identified as HARRIETT SWEETING, though the Daniel Family Bible records her as Catherine.


10 Oct 2013

Site Launch

DanielVC.com launches today as a portal to exploring the life and career of Edward St John Daniel VC.

The site presents a summary of more than 15 years of my research into Daniel's extraordinary life. Some visitors may recognise material here that was included in a website I previously maintained that has been inoperative for a few years. I hope that you like the new format and updated content.

Memorial Stone

I have recently heard that Daniel's Memorial headstone at Hokitika Cemetery has been temporarily removed for refurbishment. It will then be returned to the Returned Services Association section of the cemetery. Possibly the occasion may be marked with a ceremony.

Are you related?

If you believe that you may be related to Edward St John Daniel, or to my own family line, I would love to hear from you. There are still many gaps in the family histories. Contact me

Michael Daniels


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