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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 22 December 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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