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Memorial to Victoria Cross 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 1942, 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:||Dial Street, HMAS Shropshire Naval Memorial Park, Ulverstone, 7315|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -41.153333|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-December-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-December-1942|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 1st October, 1987|
Edward (Teddy) Sheean Memorial
To the memory of Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, R.A.N.R.O. / No. H1617
On the 1st December, 1942, H.M.A.S Armidale, in the Arafura Sea, was attacked by 9 torpedo bombers and 3 fighters. Hit by 2 torpedos, H.M.A.S. Armidale sank within 3 minutes. After the order to abandon ship, Teddy Sheean, although wounded, remained at his post at the after Oerlikon gun and brought down one enemy bomber and damaged two others. He continued firing until he was killed, strapped to his gun, and disappeared beneath the waves with his ship.
By his extreme gallantry he undoubtedly saved many lives, and the citation for posthumous "Mentioned in Despatches" reads : "For bravery and devotion to duty when H.M.A.S. Armidale was lost".
Lest We Forget
O/S Edward Sheean was born in Barrington, Tasmanian, the son of the late James and Mary Sheean, and was 27 days short of his 19th birthday when he paid the supreme sacrifice.
Erected to his memory by the R.A.N. Corvettes Association of Australia. Dedicated 1st October, 1987.