One day a good friend of Mikael Pedersen's was walking down a street in London when a shabby old man selling matches caught his eye and he recognised Mikael Pedersen straight away, and arranged to pay for him to travel back to Denmark.
Destitute and in poor health Mikael Pedersen returned to Denmark in 1920 where he lived for a time with his brother Ole who was a vicar in Randers, Jutland. Here livened Mikael Pedersen up a little finding something of his old self again.
This however, was not always to the liking of the vicar, his family and parishioners as Mikael Pedersen could, often, during Sunday service, make loud remarks to his brother's sermon, in the end they couldn't have Mikael Pedersen living with them no longer. For some time he lived alone in his house at Marbjerg, and after that with various distant relations. During this time he had no contact with his former wife Ingeborg or the children who weren't to know that their father was back in Denmark.
His health began to deteriorate again and in the end a friend managed to get him admitted to "The Old Peoples Town", a nursing home in Copenhagen, he lived here a year in complete obscurity no one being aware of his famous past in England.
Mikael Pedersen died on the 22nd. October 1929 and was buried, without any ceremony, in the graveyard at Bispebjerg a Copenhagen suburb. An unspecified grave without any stone or mark of any kind was paid for by an aunt for a period until 1955. After this the grave was reclaimed and made available for a new burial which fortunately never happened.