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Her Majesty The Queen approves award of Victoria Cross to the late Teddy Sheean

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Governor-General David Hurley has announced Her Majesty the Queen has approved the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross to Teddy Sheean, after almost 78 years.

The 18-year-old Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean ignored orders to abandon ship in 1942 when the HMAS Armidale came under heavy fire from Japanese bombers and fighter planes.

The Tasmanian teenager was able to bring down one plane and damage two more before the ship sank with him on board.

Governor-General Hurley said it is a “momentous” day for the Sheean family. “It is also a significant moment for all Australians and … the ADF and the RAN,” he said. “As we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War it is especially poignant.

“Teddy Sheean exemplifies the characteristics that our serving men and women have demonstrated in conflicts throughout history and that now define Australia: mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice.

“In remembering Teddy, acknowledging his service and honouring his courage, we also preserve the legacy of the generations that have served and shaped our nation.”