Biography

Birth date: 31 December 1885
Birth place: Ireland: Munster, Tipperary, Lorrha
Death date: 20 December 1935
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Final rank: Private
Service number: 3970 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion

Born in Ireland, Martin O'Meara (1885-1935) came to Western Australia as a young man and worked as a labourer and sleeper-cutter before enlisting in 1915. During the fighting at Pozières, he displayed a total disregard for danger, repeatedly going out into no man's land to rescue wounded men and to carry up ammunition. He did this for four days.

O'Meara returned to Australia in 1918, but his war service, during which he had been wounded on three occasions, had taken its toll and his health broke down. He spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 22 December 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A02613

Portrait of 3970 Private Martin O'Meara, VC of the 16th Battalion. Private O'Meara was a stretcher bearer and during heavy fighting at Pozieres, France from 9 August 1916 to 12 August 1916, he repeatedly ventured into no man's land and brought in wounded. He was wounded himself on three...

A02613

H12763

PORTRAIT OF 3970 PRIVATE MARTIN O'MEARA, VC 16TH BATTALION. (OBTAINED THROUGH THE R.S.S. & I.L.A. PERTH W. A.).

H12763

H12763A

PORTRAIT OF 3970, PRIVATE MARTIN O'MEARA OF I6TH BATTALION, AIF. PRIVATE O'MEARA, A STRETCHER BEARER, DURING VERY HEAVY FIGHTING AT POZIERES, FRANCE, FROM 1916-08-09 TO 12, REPEATEDLY VENTURED INTO NO MAN'S LAND AND BROUGHT IN WOUNDED AND WAS WOUNDED HIMSELF ON THREE OCCASIONS. FOR HIS BRAVE...

H12763A

P02939.010

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 stretcher bearer, repeatedly went into No Man's Land and brought in wounded officers and men...

P02939.010

Published Collection

Cigarette card of Private M O'Meara VC

Cigarette card showing a portrait of Private Martin O'Meara. Part of a series of cards depicting Australian VCs printed by Sniders and Abrahams.

RC09121

Heraldry

Rising Sun collar badge : Private M O'Meara, 16 Battalion, AIF

Standard issue oxidised brass General Service 'Rising Sun' collar badge. The badge is complete with lugs and a brass split securing pin.

RELAWM01096

Timeline

Date of birth 1885-12-31
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-08-19 16 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-12-22
Date of honour or award 1916-08-09 - 1916-08-12 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Pozieres, France whilst serving with 16 Battalion, 4 Brigade, 4 Division as a Private.
Date wounded 1916-08-12 Wounded in action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-16
Date wounded 1917-04
Date wounded 1917-08
Date promoted 1918-03-13 Appointed Corporal.
Date promoted 1918-08-30 Appointed Sergeant.
Date of discharge 1919-11-30 Discharged in Perth.
Date of death 1935-12-20