Michell, William Charles: Captain (Military Cross)

Digitized Service Record

Source: Letter at Lt. Krug’s soldier page.


More information at the Queen’s Own Rifles web page.

Listed as “sports officers” in March 1918 war diary.

Copy of MICHELL_Wm_Charles_sep6.17
Newspaper article. Source unknown. Dated summer or fall in 1917 estimated.

Hurt Was Slight and He Remained on Duty.

Major W.C. Michell, of 695 Broadview avenue, has cabled from France that he is slightly wounded in the arm, but not at all seriously. The family received the official wire this morning stating he was remaining on duty. Major Michell was born in Claremont, Ont. In 1869, and completed his education, taking several degrees at Toronto University. While there he was champion long distance runner and generally a good athlete. Later he taught at Whitby and Ridley Colleges, Jarvis Street Collegiate as classics master, and for five years was the principal of Riverdale Collegiate. Major Michell held that rank in the Queen’s Own long before war was declared and in May, 1915 was appointed as transport officer in England. This, however, did not please him, although the authorities found him the right man in the right place. Eventually Major Michell told the War Office that he would revert to the ranks, if he might go the front, and in May, 1917, was sent to the 18th Battalion.

Pte. B. Michell [This is in error. The soldier is, in fact, Gunner Albert Charles Michell, reg. no. 337802.] , son of Dr. Michell, Dublin, Ont., was a nephew of the major, and went away about the same time with the University Battery. Pte. Michell was killed in the spring of this year.

Lieutenant Colonel William Charles Michell undated photo. Source Queen Own Rifles Museum
Military Cross
Captain Michell’s Military Cross details.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While in command of a company in the attack, previous to zero hour, he personally went over the ground in front and saw that the paths were cut through the wire. At one point in the advance his company headquarters were held up by a machine-gun post on a flank which had been passed over in the fog. He personally led his headquarters which cleaned up this post. He was severely wounded at the time. His courage and example inspired all ranks.

Source: The London Gazette Publication date: 10 January 1919 Supplement: 31119 Page: 661


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