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Martin O’Meara VC

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‘Lorrha People in The Great War’ is a book written by Ger O’Meara and features the life of Martin O’Meara V.C. The book will be launched on Saturday 19th November 2016 by the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Richard Andrews.

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The Plaque to Martin O’Meara V.C. which was unveiled in Glasnevin Cemetery on Friday November 11th 2016 Armistice Day

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Martin’s grandnieces Noreen & Bridget with the Australian Ambassador to Ireland Richard Andrews.

 

 

Lorrha native Seamus King has written extensively about Martin O’Meara VC in his book a “A Lorrha Miscellany” which was published in 2012. Copies can be purchased from Seamus by contacting  (062) 61307

 

 

I am pleased to advise that my biography of Martin O’Meara VC, Australia’s only Irish-born Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War, has now been published and is available to purchase. An enlistee from Collie, Martin is also notable as the second Western Australian to get a VC during the War, the first Western Australian to get a VC on the Western Front, and the first 16th Battalion soldier to get a VC during the war. Sadly, Martin is also remembered for his severe mental breakdown shortly after returning to Australia in November 1918. He spent the rest of his life in mental hospitals and is buried at Karrakatta here in Perth.
The book can be purchased through several channels.
If you’re in Perth email me (ianloftus@gmail.com) or call me 0417 674 974 and we can organise something. It’s also available at the Army Museum of Western Australia’s bookshop at Fremantle. If you’re overseas or not in Perth, it can be ordered via my print-on-demand supplier via the following link:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/ian-loftus/the-most-fearless-and-gallant-soldier-i-have-ever-seen/paperback/product-22784825.html
If you’re after multiple copies feel free to contact me and we can negotiate a bulk order discount.
In closing, exactly one hundred years ago Martin O’Meara’s 16th Battalion moved from a training camp near the French village of Warloy to positions near the town of Albert ready to move forward to front line positions. Next week marks the centenary of the 16th Battalion’s actions near the village Pozieres that saw Martin awarded the VC. Take time over the coming week to reflect on the sacrifices made by Martin’s fellow servicemen from Western Australia and South Australia near Pozieres.