Michael lived in Dublin. He entered the war in France on the 12th September 1914. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On an advanced aid post being subjected to a prolonged bombardment, during which period two direct hits from enemy shells were registered on it, he stayed at his post, and wherever casualties occurred he went to bring in the wounded, rescuing six men in such a manner. Throughout this period he afforded magnificent proof of utter contempt for danger and outstanding devotion to duty."