McMICHAEL, Michael William Annesley

Captain East Lancashire Regiment


8th May 1895 at Lee, Ilfracombe, Devon.
The son of the Rev. William Fisher MacMichael, Vicar of Lee, Devon, and Mary Elizabeth MacMichael grandson of Canon J. F. McMichael and of Dr. W. W. Fisher, Downing professor of Medicine and great nephew of Dr. H A Woodham, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and for many years on the staff of the “The Times”. He was baptised by his father at St. Matthew’s Church, Lee, Ilfracombe on 9th June 1895.


Blundell's School, “Old House” from age of 12yrs; May 1909 to 1st August 1913.
Then at Trinity College Cambridge, where he had just completed his first academic year as the war broke out in 1914.

Personal Information

He weighed 10st 10lbs


He enlisted in the Devon Regiment in August 1914 and received his first commission on 9th September 1914. He was sent to the front in September 1915 and was transferred to the Essex Regiment, in which he was promoted lieutenant.

Trench Diaries

The 11th Bn. Essex Regiment were part of 18th Brigade, 6th Division. The Regiment were transferred from the Ypres Sector during the middle of August. They were involved in action on the Somme in the Hamil sector, Mailley-Mallet Wood and Bertrancout before going back to camp between Carnoy and Meaulte in mid September. They were moved forwards again on 15th September and attacked from the North-West of Leuze wood towards the Quadrilateral but the advance was halted by heavy fire from Bouleaux wood (right rear) and the company withdrew to trenches outside Guillemont on 16th September 1916.


16th September 1916, aged 21.
Somme, France.


Grave II. E. 32.
La Neuville British Cemetery, which was attached to 21 Casualty clearing station, Corbille, Somme.



His headstone is at 49°54’40.6”N, 002°48’42.7”E
The family chose the inscription “Filius et Frater dulcissimus”. (A beloved brother and son)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission -
The Blundellian, Nov 1916 p 237
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew  WO 339/
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.5318
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/541
Field visit (JEA & GRY 30/7/2006)


[ back to previous page ]