Michael John McGee was born about 1924 in County Monaghan. It seems he lived most of his life in Tyrone, and lived at Mill Street in Aughnacloy for a time. Private Michael John McGee served with 7th Parachute Battalion. On the night of 5/6 June 1944, Private McGee jumped with his battalion behind the German lines in Normandy. The task was to capture the bridge at Benouville. Private McGee did not survive that day and died from his wounds later that day. He was awarded the D,C.M. for his actions on the day.
Benouville is a village 10 kilometres north-east of Caen, at the junction of the Caen to Benouville and Caen to Ouistreham-Riva-Bella roads, RN814. On the way out of the village, towards Ouistreham, the cemetery lies on the right of the road.