Personal info

  • Name: Martin O’MEARA
  • D.O.B: 31st December, 1885
  • D.O.A: 12th August, 1916
  • D.O.D: 20th December, 1935
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 16th Battalion (S Australia and W Australia), 4th Brigade, 4th Division, Australian Imperial Force

Mouquet Farm, near Pozières, France 9-12 August 1916

9-12 August 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

As part of the Battle of Pozières Ridge, the 4th Australian Division pressed on to Mouquet Farm, a German position on high ground to the north-west, about halfway between Pozières and Thiepval. On 9 August 1916, 16th Battalion were moved up into the forward line prior to advancing. Fierce fighting continued over the following three days. Mouquet Farm was not finally cleared of German troops until 26 September.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. During four days of very heavy fighting he repeatedly went out and brought in wounded officers and men from “No Man’s Land” under intense artillery and machine-gun fire. He also volunteered and carried up ammunition and bombs through a heavy barrage to a portion of the trenches, which was being heavily shelled at the time. He showed throughout an utter contempt of danger, and undoubtedly saved many lives. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 September 1916. 9 September 1916, Numb. 29740, p. 8871

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