Sunday, July 21, 2024

Teddy’s VC goes up in gold

With news of the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross to Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean in 2020, a collaboration between Latrobe Council and the Tasmanian Government has seen the addition of the initials “VC” after Teddy’s name on the World War 2 section of the Latrobe Cenotaph.

Along with the addition of the initials, Dunn Stone Industries in Launceston also regilded all names on the World War 2 plaques.

Cenotaph WW2 panels

The Latrobe Cenotaph takes pride of place within the Latrobe Post Office Reserve, Gilbert Street, Latrobe.

Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean’s story is truly inspiring and is detailed further west from the Latrobe Cenotaph on Gilbert Street, Latrobe at Sheean Memorial.

Sheean Memorial was established in 1992 and describes Teddy’s childhood through to when he joined the Navy, and his final battle and ultimate sacrifice for which he is recognised with a Victoria Cross.

His Victoria Cross was the first to be awarded to a rank within the Royal Australian Navy and even more significant given Teddy was the youngest and lowest ranked on HMAS Armidale.

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