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A rose garden and plaque commemorate Martin O`Meara  who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) for his actions at Pozieres in 1916.

O'Meara was a private in the 16th Battalion Australian Infantry Forces (AIF) when his actions over the period of 9-11 August 1916 near Pozieres resulted in his being recommended for the Victoria Cross. He showed great gallantry and devotion to duty in rescuing wounded men under intense shell fire, and for voluntarily carrying ammunitions and bombs to a portion of the trenches being heavily bombarded.

On Remembrance Day 11 November 1990, a memorial plaque was installed for him.  O'Meara died on 20 December 1935 in Graylands Hospital, having been incarcerated there since the end of the War suffering from mental illness believed to have been the result of wounds received. He was buried with full military honours at Karrakatta.


Address:Steere St N & Johnston Street, Soldiers Park , Collie, 6225
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.35786
Long: 116.156547
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:09-08-1916
Actual Event End Date:11-08-1916


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th November, 1990
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In memory of 3970 Sgt. M. O'Meara V.C. 16th Aust. Inf. Batt. A.I.F.

Awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery, Pozieres France. 9th to 12th August 1916.

Sgt O'Meara enlisted in Collie 1915.

Unveiled by Dr. H. Turnbull M.L.A. 11.11.90.

Source: HWA, WMR, ADB
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