Private Martin O’Meara VC, 16th Battalion

An Irish-born immigrant to Australia, O’Meara served on the Western Front and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Pozières in August 1916. He was wounded on three separate occasions during his time in France, and upon returning to Australia, was hospitalised with influenza. While in quarantine, O’Meara suffered a catastrophic mental collapse. He was put into permanent care, but was plagued by voices and hallucinations until he died on 20 December 1935.

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