On this day in 1935…

Sergeant Martin O’Meara VC, Australia’s only Irish-born Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War, was buried at Perth’s Karrakatta Cemetery on this day in 1935 – 80 years ago. O’Meara was awarded the VC for a series of acts of valour in the period 9-12 August 1916 during the 16th Infantry Battalion’s attacks on German positions near the village of Pozieres in France.

He had died on 20 December 1935. O’Meara had been in poor mental health since his return to Australia in 1918 and his physical health had been deteriorating for at least a month or so prior to his death.

Here are some photographs of O’Meara’s funeral taken from Perth newspapers of the time.

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Coincidently, tomorrow (22 December) represents the 100th anniversary of Martin O’Meara’s departure from Fremantle with the 12th Reinforcements of the 16th Infantry Battalion.