Martin O’Meara’s VC medal returning to Ireland

The Victoria Cross medal awarded to Martin O’Meara, Australia’s only Irish-born Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War, will be in Ireland within a few days. This is the first time the medal has been in Ireland since late 1917 when O’Meara briefly visited his family in Co. Tipperary.

The medal is owned by the Australian Government and is being lent to the National Museum of Ireland where it will be on public display.

Coincidentally, today is the 102nd anniversary of Martin O’Meara visiting Buckingham Palace to be presented with the medal by King George V. A few years ago, whilst researching my biography of Martin O’Meara, I stumbled across some old footage of him getting his VC from the King.

Click here to have a look. O’Meara appears at about the 21 second mark.

The Most Fearless and Gallant Solider I Have Ever Seen, the biography of Martin O’Meara VC, is available to order worldwide from a wide range of online outlets including Lulu, Amazon, Booktopia, Foyles, Waterstones, Angus & Robertson, Books Kinokuniya, WH Smith, FlipkartBooks-a-Million, Fishpond, Walmart, Alibris, Dubray Books, Book Depository, Powells, Wordery, Regimental Books and Barnes & Noble.

It’s also stocked at the Army Museum of Western Australia.