Major-General Francis Joseph O’Meara

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleMajor-General Francis Joseph O'Meara
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/FJO
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesc1900-1967
Extent Medium10 files and items


Creator(s): O'Meara, Francis Joseph, 1900-1967

  • Administrative History ↴

    Francis Joseph O'Meara was born in county Cork in July 1900 to a medical family. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College Dublin, where he received his MB in 1923. O'Meara joined the British Army in 1918 in the Officer Training Corps, he left to study medicine, rejoining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1923, serving in Egypt and India. On the outbreak of the Second World War O'Meara was with a casualty clearing station in France, where he established an Ambulance Corp. In June 1940 he was captured by German soldiers and spent the next four years in captivity in various internment camps in France and Germany. Following his release and recovery O'Meara returned to Germany as the consulting physician to the British Army of the Rhein (BAOR) from 1945-1950. From 1950 onwards he served positions in the near and far East. In 1954 he was appointed as director of the Middle East Land Forces and in from 1956-1959 he was director of medical services, Western Command. O'Meara retired to Herefordshire where he died in 1967.
  • Archival History ↴

    Papers were donated to the archive by two members of the O' Meara family.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: O'Meara, Francis Joseph, 1900-1967 ↴

    Papers of Francis Joseph O’Meara, covering his time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War as well as a small number of personal and family papers, and some family photographs.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Papers have been divided by subject and arranged chronologically, the collection of photographs is at the end of the collection

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines
Creation Datesc1900-1967
Extent Medium10 files and items
Finding Aids The collection list is available in the reading room or online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. IGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009.National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions40725