THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND IN DUBLIN HAS ACQUIRED ON LOAN THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO PRIVATE MARTIN O'MEARA, 16TH BN, AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE.
25 July 2019


Medal entitlement of Private Martin O'Meara,
16th Bn, Australian Imperial Force

  • Victoria Cross
  • ( British War Medal ( 1914-20 ) )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )


The Australian Army Museum of Western Australia, located in Fremantle, has agreed, with permission of the Australian Government, to loan the Victoria Cross awarded to Private Martin O'Meara, 16th Bn, AIF, to the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. The O'Meara 'Victory Medal', which is owned by an O'Meara family member accompanies the Victoria Cross. The whereabouts of the Martin O'Meara 'British War Medal' is not known. The loan period is believed to be for one year.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 5 September 1916 ], Pozieres, France, 9 - 12 August 1916, Private Martin O'Meara, 16th Bn, Australian Imperial Force.

For most conspicuous bravery ( Pozieres, France ).

During four days of very heavy fighting he repeatedly went out and brought in wounded men from "No Manís 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.

He showed throughout an utter contempt of danger, and undoubtedly saved many lives.

Martin O'Meara was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 21st July 1917


Martin O'Meara was born on the 6th November 1885 in the parish of Lorrha, Co Tipperary, Ireland. In c.1911 O'Meara emigrated to Australia working his passage as a stoker. He enlisted into the Australian Imperial Force on the 19th August 1915 arriving in France on 1st June 1916.

Following his discharge from the army Martin O'Meara suffered from chronic mania and spent a considerable amount of time in several asylums from 1920 until his death on the 20th December 1935 in the Claremont Hospital, Perth. He was buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, and there is a headstone.

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Iain Stewart, 25 July 2019