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John McGann / Magan

Rank: Sergeant
Townland: Newcastle
Town/Village: Ballymahon
Civil Parish: Forgney
Catholic Parish: Forgney
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Surname given as McGann
Census 1911: Surname given as Magan
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards
Regiment Number: 4462
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

John McGann/Magan was born 16 June 1895 in Newcastle, Ballymahon, the second-eldest of 10 children by Henry and Margaret McGann.

Prior to enlistment, John was working with the post office as a telegraph messenger. In May 1913, McGann enlisted with the Irish Guards in Dublin.

McGann was one of the first Longford soldiers at the front, disembarking on the 13 August 1914. He served in a number of major battles, including the Battle of Mons; he was present when Captain Stafford-King-Harman was wounded, and at the action that saw Michael O'Leary from Co. Cork, made the recipient of the Victoria Cross.

The Longford Leader ran an extensive article on Sgt McGann on the 31 July 1915, link below, titled "A Gallant Ballymahon Man".

Parents Names: Son of Henry and Margaret Magan, Newcastle, Ballymahon.

Longford Leader, A Gallant Ballymahon Gentleman; likely Civil Record of birth

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