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Edward Teddy Sheean
Edward Teddy Sheean

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Monument at the entrance to Sheean Walk commemorates VC recipient Edward "Teddy " Sheean.

Teddy Sheean enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy as an Ordinary Seaman. During May 1942, Teddy was posted to the new Bathurst Class corvette HMAS Armidale.

On 1st December 1943, HMAS Armidale came under a sustained air attack whilst enroute to Timor from nine bombers, three fighters and a floatplane. Two explosions rocked the Armidale causing the `Abandon Ship` order. As the crew were abandoning the ship, survivors were machine-gunned in the water so Ordinary-seaman Edward `Teddy` Sheean, although having been wounded twice himself, manned an anti aircraft gun.

As the Arafura Sea closed over the stern, `Teddy` remained at the gun and continued to engage the enemy aircraft, sacrificing himself to save his shipmates. “Teddy” was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches, second only to receive a posthumous Victoria Cross.


Address:Gilbert Street, Sheean Walk , Latrobe, 7307
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.235217
Long: 146.409997
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:01-December-1943
Actual Event End Date:01-December-1943
Source: MA
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