Michell, William Charles

Lieutenant Colonel William Charles Michell
Lieutenant Colonel William Charles Michell

Lieutenant Colonel William Charles Michell, MC, VD was born February 1, 1868. He graduated from University College with a BA in 1890 and became a teacher. Eventually Michell rose to Principle Riverdale Collegiate Institute and Superintendent of Toronto High Schools.

Service Record

  • November 16, 1898 – Enlisted as a rifleman in “H” Company, Queen’s Own Rifles
  • May 15, 1901 – Promoted Corporal
  • August 20th, 1901 – Appointed Provisional Lieutenant
  • January 12, 1903 – Promoted Lieutenant
  • April 10, 1906 – Promoted Captain
  • 1910 – Proceeded to England for Army Maneuvers
  • October 1, 1914 – Promoted Major
  • June 28, 1915 – Detailed for duty with Toronto Civic Guard
  • November 1915 – Seconded for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 95th Battalion, appointed second in command and proceeded overseas
  • May 1917 – Served in France with 18th Battalion as a Captain; Lens, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Neuville-Vitasse, Amiens
  • August 1917 – Wounded Hill 70
  • August 8, 1918 – Wounded Amiens and awarded Military Cross (see citation below)
  • 1919 – Awarded Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
  • 1919 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, CEF with rank of Major
  • March 1, 1920 – Transferred to Active List, Canadian Militia, appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, QOR and promoted Lieutenant Colonel
  • January 6, 1921 – Transferred to command 3rd (Reserve) Battalion QOR
  • February 28, 1927 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, Canadian Militia with rank of Lieutenant Colonel

Michell died March 9, 1934 and left a trust fund to provide scholarships for students attending University College, University of Toronto which was still active in 2012.

Citation for then Captain Michell's Military Cross
Citation for then Captain Michell’s Military Cross

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