It was good to see that Martin O’Meara VC has been remembered again, this time by Wayne Sanford, the President of Collie Shire here in Western Australia. Martin O’Meara enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Collie in August 1915. O’Meara was originally from a small farm near Lorrha in Tipperary, Ireland. He left Lorrha sometime between 1901 and 1911 and worked in various places in Ireland, making his way to South Australia in 1912, and then to Western Australia in 1914. Although he worked in the Pinjarra area during 1914, he is most commonly associated with Collie.
Councilor Sanford visited Lorrha last week and was able to lay a wreath at O’Meara’s memorial plaque in the village, as well as visiting some local places of significance in O’Meara’s life. He was also formally welcomed by the Tipperary County Council.
My own biography of Martin O’Meara is slowly taking shape and hopefully I’ll have it ready by the end of 2015. I’m really enjoying working on the book and have managed to discover some things about him that challenge the ‘story’ of him that has been around since the 1920s.