The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever seen


The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever seen, the first biography of Martin O’Meara VC, Australia’s only Irish-born Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War, is now available.

The book trace’s Martin’s life from a young man growing up in rural County Tipperary, through his early years labouring on railway construction projects in South Australia and Western Australia, his wartime service in Egypt and on the Western Front with the 16th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, and his subsequent mental breakdown and life in mental hospitals in Perth after the war.

The book is available from Amazon,, Barnes and Noble, the Army Museum of Western Australia at Fremantle, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, from Boffins here in Perth, and from Imprimatur Books, also in Perth. The book can also be purchased directly from me – I have a small stock myself – and I welcome inquiries – feel free to contact me directly.


2 thoughts on “The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever seen

  1. […] In Western Australia Martin O’Meara is well and proudly remembered nowadays by the Irish community, in particular Fred Rea of ‘The Australian Irish Scene’ and Ian Loftus and he is commemorated in Collie where he enlisted, as well as at the State War Memorial in Perth’s Kings Park on an annual basis. My good friend Leith Landauer who is a  guide at Kings Park first introduced me to Martin’s story. She has done trojan work to highlight the sacrifice he made for fellow Australians. To mark the centenary of the actions that earned him the Victoria Cross, Ian has written a biography of Martin O’Meara dispelling some of the myths and exploring the real story who gave his life, body mind and soul to help others. The book is aptly titled The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever seen and is available here. […]


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