Media Statement

Monday, August 10 2020

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

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

After decades of debate, this is a Victoria Cross for the people.

The Prime Minister has written 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.

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.

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2, I want to acknowledge everyone who served in the defence of our nation.

Thank you for your service.



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