Private Martin O'Meara c.1915–16
6 November 1885|
Terryglass, Lorrha, County Tipperary
|Died||20 December 1935
Perth, Western Australia
|Buried at||Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth|
|Service/branch||Australian Imperial Force|
|Years of service||1915–1919|
Martin O'Meara VC (6 November 1885 – 20 December 1935) was both an Irish-born Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Between 9 and 12 August 1916 at Mouquet Farm, Pozières, during four days of very heavy fighting, Private O'Meara repeatedly went out and brought in wounded officers and men from "no man's land" under intense artillery and machine-gun fire. He also volunteered and carried up ammunition and bombs through a heavy barrage to a portion of the trenches which was being heavily shelled at the time. O'Meara was wounded three times during the war and returned to Australia on 15 September 1918, having reached the rank of sergeant.
O'Meara was diagnosed by the OC, 24th Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Stromness on 19 December 1918 as:
suffering from Delusional Insanity, with hallucinations of hearing and sight, is extremely homicidal and suicidal, and requires to be kept in restraint. He is not hopeful of his recovery in the near future. Admitted to Claremont Mental Hospital (insane patient), 3 January 1919.
- Reid, Richard E. "O'Meara, Martin (1885–1935)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Richards, Ronald (2003). The McLarty Family of Pinjarra (soft cover ed.). Nedlands, Western Australia: J.D.McLarty. ISBN 0-9750632-0-0. chapter 12, p. 156
- "Australian War Memorial". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- The AIF Project: Martin O'Meara profile
Listed in order of publication year
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (1981, 1988 and 1997)
- Clarke, Brian D. H. (1986). "A register of awards to Irish-born officers and men". The Irish Sword XVI (64): 185–287.
- VCs of the First World War - The Somme (Gerald Gliddon, 1994)
- Irelands VCs ISBN 1-899243-00-3 (Dept of Economic Development 1995)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)