Edward St John Daniel VC

Name: Edward St John Daniel

Conflict: Crimean War

Gazetted: February 24, 1857

Service: Royal Navy

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Edward St John Daniel VC

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Place/date of birth: Bristol, Avon/January 17, 1837

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Midshipman (later Lieutenant)

Date of bravery: October 18, 1854 – June 18, 1855

London Gazette citation:

Edward St John Daniels [sic], Midshipman.

Sir Stephen Lushington recommends this Officer:-

1st. For answering a call for volunteers to bring in powder to the Battery, from a waggon in a very exposed position under a destructive fire, a shot having disabled the horses. (This was reported by Captain Peel, commanding the Battery at the time.)

2nd. For accompanying Captain Peel at the Battle of Inkermann as Aide-de-camp.

3rd. For devotion to his leader, Captain Peel, on the 18th June, 1855, in tying a tourniquet on his arm on the glacis of the Redan, whilst exposed to a very heavy fire.

(Despatch from Sir S. Lushington inclosed in letter from Admiral Lord Lyons, 10th May, 1856.)

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Hokitika, New Zealand/May 20, 1868

Grave/memorials: Hokitika Municipal Cemetery, New Zealand

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Christie’s, London, 1990

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum