|Object type||Black & white, Landscape|
|Physical description||Black & white, Landscape|
|Date made||c 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Informal outdoors portrait of Private (Pte) Martin O'Meara VC, 16th Battalion. Pte O'Meara was ...
Informal outdoors portrait of Private (Pte) Martin O'Meara VC, 16th Battalion. Pte O'Meara was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery" on 9 - 12 August 1916 at Pozieres. Pte O'Meara, a Forward Scout acting as a stretcher bearer, repeatedly went into No Man's Land and brought in wounded officers and men under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, during four days of heavy fighting. He also volunteered and carried ammunition and bombs through heavy enemy fire to a portion of the trenches which was being heavily shelled at the time. Sergeant O'Meara was discharged on 30 November 1919. On return he was admitted to Stromness (a psychiatric facility for war veterans with psychiatric injuries), Claremont Asylum, then Lemnos Hospital and later transferred to Claremont Mental Hospital where he died on 20 December 1935.