Teddy Sheean awarded Victoria Cross

Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean is a Tasmanian and Australian hero and his actions in the Second World War are certainly worthy of the Victoria Cross, our highest military honour for gallantry.

28 October 2020

Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean wearing his naval uniform.

The Prime Minister wrote to the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) requesting he seek the approval of Her Majesty The Queen to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to Teddy.

Her Majesty approved the request.‘

After decades of debate, this is a Victoria Cross for the people,’ said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester.

‘Teddy would be our 101st Victoria Cross recipient and the first for our Navy and I couldn’t imagine a more worthy recipient.

‘I want to thank the Defence Honours, Awards and Appeals Tribunal for its diligence and independence, Guy Barnett and everyone else involved for continuing to advocate for Teddy, and the review panel for providing new information to strengthen the case for the VC.

‘But most of all I want to thank Teddy Sheean’s family and friends for never giving up.’

For more information about Teddy and the action that earned him the VC, please visit the Teddy Sheean page of the Australian War Memorial website.