The Worcestershire Regimental history mentions 2Lt McMichael twice :
The first records that on 28th April 1916 while ‘crater fighting’ on Vimy ridge that “the new command post a ‘Broadmarsh crate’ was overwhelmed, but around the fresh crater formed by the explosion the bombers of the £rd Worcestershire fought stubbornly. The defense was inspired by 2Lt J D W McMichael”
The second stated “Through a storm of fire the assaulting platoons of the 3rd Worcestershire charged and retook “P79”. The days work had cost the battalion dear – nearly 10 in all including the gallant 2Lt McMichael”
Extract from the Official War Diary 3rd Bn Worcestershire Regiment for 23rd May 1916,
“Enemy shelled most of the day, particular attention being paid to the communication trenches. Orders received from Brigade to retake portion of P Sector captured on 21st. attack commenced 8.25pm, the trench regained, but owing to the Brigade on our left being unable to advance and very heavy enfilade fire from the left, assaulting party had to fall back. A bombing attack was organized from the right and eventually a block was established 30 yards to the left.”
Casualties – Officers 1 killed, 1 wounded. Other ranks 5 killed, 63 wounded, 1 missing.