Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean

Ordinary Seaman Sheean joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1941 and served as an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun loader in the corvette HMAS Armidale.  On 29 November 1942, Armidale sailed to Timor to support the Allied troops there.  On 1 December, Armidale came under Japanese air attack.  A severely wounded Sheean was last seen strapped to his gun and firing at the aircraft as the ship sank.  He received a Posthumous Mention in Despatches for this action. 

In 2011, Sheean was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour. The following link is to Chapter 17 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Sheean:

Chapter 17 – Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean

The Tribunal received 21 written submissions regarding Sheean:

Submission 003 – Mr Frederick H White

Submission 027 – Mr Howard Halsted President Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association (NSW) Inc

Submission 027A – Mr Howard Halsted President Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association (NSW) Inc

Submission 027B – Mr Howard Halsted President Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association (NSW) Inc

Submission 057 – Mr Stanley Yates

Submission 058 – Mr Stanley Yates

Submission 064 – Mr John Satterley

Submission 095 – Dr Victor Leonard

Submission 095A – Dr Victor Leonard

Submission 078 Mr Garry Ivory – part 1

Submission 078 Mr Garry Ivory – part 2

Submission 082 – Mr Brenton Best MP

Submission 089 – Nowra Greenwell Point RSL Sub Branch

Submission 092 – Mr Michael Carlton

Submission 099 Annex J – Mr Graham Wilson

Submission 106 Dr Tom Lewis

Submission 120A – Mr Guy Barnett

Submission 124 – Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 124 Attachment B- Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 124 Attachment C- Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 128 – Mr Sid Sidebottom MP

Submission 128A – Mr Sid Sidebottom MP

Submission 193 – Mr Chris Schacht

Submission 200 – Brigadier Andrew Nikolic (Retd)

Submission 236 – Mr S L Shepherd – Royal Australian Corvettes Association Queensland Branch

 

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