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Teddy Sheean VC

A Selfless Act of Valour

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Authors: Tom Lewis
15/Mar/2021
Military History, VC
180
Paperback
170 x 245mm
9781922387905
$29.99

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No-one will ever know what made him do it.

In 1942, 18-year-old Edward “Teddy” Sheean was one of the youngest and most inexperienced sailors on board the the corvette HMAS Armidale. Whilst on operation in the Timor Sea this warship came under heavy attack by Japanese aircraft. Armidale began sinking while swarmed by Japanese aircraft, strafing and bombing the stricken vessel and the crew who were desperately trying to Abandon Ship. The wounded Ordinary Seaman turned back to his gun, an Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannon and strapped himself into the harness. He began firing at the attacking Japanese aircraft, a courageous young man, determined to do his best to save his mates. This selfless act of valour helped save the lives of many of his crew, before Teddy himself went down with the Armidale.

No member of the Royal Australian Navy has ever been awarded a Victoria Cross. Teddy’s family and many others took up his case and fought for his recognition. It took more than 70 years for Teddy to becomes the first in Australia’s Naval history to receive this highest award ¬– confirming Teddy Sheean is an Australian hero.

Sheean is the 101st VC awarded to an Australian

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Dr Tom Lewis Originally working as a High School teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served as an officer of the Australian Defence Force, where he saw active service as an intelligence analyst in the Middle East. Tom has written 14 other history books, with his most recent being “The Empire Strikes South”, and “Darwin Bombed!” […]

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2 reviews for Teddy Sheean VC

  1. Tom Lewis is to be commended for forensically reviewing all primary and secondary sources and producing an easy-to-read book about the short 18-year life of Teddy Sheean, as well as the even shorter 173-day life of HMAS Armidale.

  2. This book about Teddy’s war, a story of a sea disaster and tragedy, should be in the library of every school in Australia and readily available in Timor Leste, Indonesia and Holland. This event was the greatest loss of RAN life after the sinking of HMAS Sydney and HMAS Parramatta in the Second World War.

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