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Queen approves posthumous VC for WWII Australian minesweeper sailor

Queen approves Victoria Cross for WWII hero Teddy Sheean

ABC News said:
Queen Elizabeth II has approved the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross to WWII hero Edward 'Teddy' Sheean, Governor-General David Hurley says. The 18-year-old had less than two years at sea and was serving on the minesweeper HMAS Armidale when it came under heavy attack from Japanese aircraft off the coast of what is now Timor-Leste in 1942. Sheean is recorded as helping launch life rafts before returning to fire at enemy aircraft, despite the order having been given to abandon ship...[

Key points:
  1. Teddy Sheean was 18 when he died as the HMAS Armidale was attacked by Japanese aircraft in 1942
  2. He remained onboard, firing at the enemy despite the order having been given to abandon ship
  3. There has been a long-running effort for Sheean to be awarded the Victoria Cross, involving several panels and reviews
  4. It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison recommended the Ordinary Seaman be awarded Australia's highest military honour earlier this week.
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