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VC744   Martin O’Meara

Name   Martin O’Meara   No.   3970   

VC Issue No.   744   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Regiment 16th (South&West) Battalion, AIF


Now   16th Battalion, Royal Western Australian Regiment

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Lorrha, Rathcabbin, near Birr, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Place Of Death   Claremont Mental Hospital, Perth, Western Australia

Buried/Location Ashes   Karrakatta Cemetery, Hollywood, Perth, Australia


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   RC Section - HA, Plot 93

Gazetted   5 September 1916

VC Presented   21 July 1917 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


Headstone, Karrakatta Cemetery, Hollywood, Perth, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Named On Family Grave, Lorrha Abbey, Rathcabbin, Near Birr, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Named On Water Tower, Poziers, Somme, France

P  State War Memorial, Kings Park, Perth, WA, Australia

P  Named on Water Tower, Pozieres, Somme, France

By The Way…

Sadly he spent the last 15 years of his life in mental asylums

VC Held By

Army Museum of Western Australia, Burt Street, Fremantle, Australia



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The First World War

BORN   6 November 1885

DIED   20 December 1935   AGE   50

VC Won   9-12 August 1916   AGE   30

Place VC Won   Pozieres, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

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Thank you to Anthony Staunton

Thank you to Tony Goddard for the photos of the Water Tower at Pozieres