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The wartime hero denied a posthumous Victoria Cross

Harvey Deegan

In this military history snapshot with historian Jay Walsh he looks at the remarkable story of Teddy Sheean.

Edward “Teddy” Sheean was a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy during WW2.  Teddy was on board the HMAS Armidale who along with HMAS Castlemaine were on their way to Betano where both vessels came under aerial assault.

HMAS Armidale began to sink after being struck by two torpedoes and the order was given to abandon ship. Many of the survivors credited their lives to the actions of Teddy who sadly went down with the vessel after being shot.

Despite a independent tribunal recommending that Teddy be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross the Federal Government has denied this request.

Image: Australian War Memorial – Teddy (back row, left) is pictured in a family portrait. 

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Harvey Deegan
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