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Groves Edward Daniell

Portrait of Captain Groves Edward Daniell, Archives New Zealand, R24184956. Image may be subject to copyright restriction.

Portrait of Captain Groves Edward Daniell, Archives New Zealand, R24184956. Image may be subject to …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Groves Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Daniell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/256 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 January 1890 AWMM BullsManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Fort Cantley, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Percy Edward Daniell (father), Foxton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/256 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      Citation for Military Cross (MC): "For conspicuous gallantry and ability in handling the battery under his command. On the afternoon of 8 August, this officer took over four guns of the 57th Bde RFA. Detachments were formed out of 4 NCO's, 22 gunners from the 2nd Battery N.Z.F.A. and 20 men from the 5th reinforcements who had landed at Anzac during the morning - the position was selected late in the afternoon and that night 2 guns were got into action and dug in at dawn. Fire was opened on Chunuk Bair but one gun was soon put out of action. Owing to the position being so exposed to shell and ammunition fire, it was changed during the night; two more were bought up and at dawn on 10 August the battery was ready to fire again which it did with great effect although subjected to a heavy crossfire from machine guns and a good deal of shellfire." (London Gazette, 14 January 1916, p. 591, WA 22/5/10) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MiD): "In connection with the operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch dated 11 December 1915." (London Gazette, 28 January 1916, p. 1209) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Soldier/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Percy Edward and Mary Daniell, of 24 Ruhine Street, Palmerston North.

    Also served in Egypt and Gallipoli.

    Gained commission as Captain on 5 August 1914 (Studholme 1928).

    Officer Commanding 6th Howitzer Battery.

    "Captain of the Sixth Battalion, N.Z.F.A., was here from the first term of 1906. He died a hero’s death, endeavouring to rescue his injured comrades from a gun-pit in which a premature explosion had occurred. On leaving us he joined the staff of the N.Z. Loan and Mercantile Co. in Palmerston North, and subsequently enlisted in the Permanent Artillery, being for a time stationed in Auckland. He left New Zealand with the Main Body as Captain in the 2nd Battery, and was all through the Gallipoli campaign. He left for France in charge of a battery, and was doing good service at the time of his death in 1916. While at Gallipoli he was mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatches, and awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and skill." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    The book 'Handbook on battery drill for Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force)' which is held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library is signed by E. G. Daniell with the following annotation, written by an unknown person: "Lieut. Daniell, whose signature appears opposite, was the first regular officer to receive appointment as Adjutant of a F.A. Brigade in N.Z., the appointment dating from the formation of the Territorial Force under the "Kitchener" scheme for compulsory training about 1910. At this time the 4 gun 15 lb B.L. Batteries of the old Volunteer Force were enlarged to 6 gun 18 lb A. F. Batteries and the number of Batteries was doubled. Lieut. Daniell went overseas with the artillery of the Main Body, 1st Expeditionary Force & served continually till about the end of 1917, when he was killed by the explosion of an ammunition dump whilst endeavouring to suppress flames started by German shell fire. He was awarded the MM at an earlier date. [W.M.T?]"

    E.G. Daniell's signature is written in the front of Mason, C. C. (1910) copy accession number 104560. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 October 1916 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France AWMM I.G.28. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Captain Groves Edward Daniell, New Zealand Artillery, killed on October 4th, aged 26 years, was the eldest son of Mr. Percy Daniell, of Manawatu, New Zealand. Before the war he held a commission in the permanent New Zealand Artillery, and his commission as captain in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force dated from the first month of the war. He served throughout the whole of the Dardanelles campaign, was mentioned in dispatches, and was decorated with the Military Cross early in the present year. (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 30 October 1916, p. 120) AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial plaque, Auckland Garrison Officers Club, St Mary's Church (part of Holy Trinity Cathedral ), corner St Stephens Avenue & Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 173 AWMM
    • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMM
      Obituary: No. 5, 30 October 1916, p. 120. AWMM
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p. 79. AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      p. 93. AWMM
    • Mason, C.C. (1910). Handbook on battery drill for Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force). London, England: Forster Groom. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM


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