|Place of birth||Warwick Queensland|
|Address||Emu Vale, Warwick, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||34|
|Next of kin||Brother, Edward Ambrose McGahan, Emu Vale, Warwick, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||12th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/17/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Moldavia on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Bombardier|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||5th Divisional Ammunition Column|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Military Medal (Immediate)
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'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 details||Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|