|Posted on May 28, 2020 at 7:50 PM|
209 Edward “Teddy”, Sheean
Dec 28th 1923 to Dec 1st 1942.
“Teddy Sheean”, was an ordinary seaman aboard HMAS Armidale (J240) during the Second World War.
Born in Tasmania, Sheean was employed as a farm labourer when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve in April 1941.
His ship came under attack by Japanese planes and when the order to abandon ship was given after seeing his shipmates being shot in the water he decided to man the aft gun as the ship was sinking. Being critically wounded he fought on.
His gun was still firing from beneath the waves. He sacrificed his life for the lives of 49 shipmates.
He will be forever 18.
His act of valour is more than worthy of being awarded the first
“Victorian Cross”, for the
Royal Australian Navy.
He was no ordinary seaman !
“Lest We Forget” “Fight on”.
Teddy Sheean is an “Australian War Hero”, and an “Australian Icon”, “Icon”, “Icons”, part of the Film Icons Gallery, 209 in the collection, over 10 years work.
http://www.filmiconsgallery.com/ , acrylic on canvas, by Fin Collins (Fionnuala Collins)