The 23-year-old great-great nephew of Teddy Sheean has followed in the Victoria Cross recipient's footsteps.
After a lifetime growing up in the North-West and hearing of his great-great uncle's heroism, Billy Winkler-Sheean has joined the Australian Navy.
"He was just such a part of family lore and the history of where I grew up.
"I always had an idea in the back of my head that I might one day join the Navy like he did."
The Devonport local trained as an electrician before joining the Navy and is now training at HMAS Cerberus to be a boatswain's mate.
"I know my family is proud of me; my pop was overwhelmed when I joined.
"He showed me the replica VC and other medals Teddy had; he is so proud of me."
Mr Sheean said the significance of last Sunday, the first Anzac Day since the VC had been awarded to his great-great uncle was not lost on him.
"I've always attended the Dawn Service, and I've always been proud of my family name and of Teddy Sheean," he said.
"This year is even more special as it is not only the first since Teddy was recognised with the VC but also it is my first as a member of defence.
"It is a huge honour to represent the Sheean name in the Navy on Anzac Day and every day."
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