The AIF Project

Augustine John McGAHAN

Regimental number1605
Place of birthWarwick Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressEmu Vale, Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinBrother, Edward Ambrose McGahan, Emu Vale, Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Moldavia on 2 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Immediate)


Recommendation date: 26 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At 2 a.m. on 24th April, 1918 a fire broke out in the ammunition dump of the 5th Australian Divisional Ammunition Column at VECQUEMONT, caused by a hostile shell bursting in the vicinity. Corporal McGAHAN regardless of personal danger which was rendered greater by a large stock of lethal shell in the next bay, rushed to the scene of the fire and proceeded to isolate the burning ammunition. Although the stock was burning fiercely at the time and threatening at any moment to explode the bay of lethal shell, he succeeded in isolating the fire and putting it out. This N.C.O.'s personal and courageous action were entirely responsible for preventing a very serious outbreak of fire, thereby saving a large amount of ammunition and preventing a serious loss of life.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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