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Streets of Remembrance: Private Tummon

Tummon Street
The Australian War Memorial states Private Tummon was a labourer prior to enlistment.

Tummon Street, named after Private Alan Stanley Tummon in 1951, has been highlighted as part of Bundaberg Regional Council's Streets of Remembrance initiative.

The program sees the badge under which local veterans served added to the signs of Bundaberg Region streets named in their honour.

The Australian War Memorial states Private Tummon was a labourer prior to enlistment.

On 18 June 1941 he served with Headquarters New Guinea Area in New Britain.

Private Tummon
Informal outdoor portrait of QX64915 Private (Pte) Alan Stanley Tummon, Australian Army Service Corps (AASC), of Bundaberg, Queensland.

Following the Japanese invasion of January 1942, he was taken prisoner of war (POW) and held at Rabaul.

On 22 June 1942 Pte Tummon was one of an estimated 845 POWs and 209 civilians who embarked from Rabaul aboard the Japanese transport ship MV Montevideo Maru.

The POWs were members of 17 Anti Tank Battery, No. 1 Independent Company, 2/22 Battalion, and other units of Lark Force.

Civilians included officials of the New Guinea Administration and missionaries.

The ship sailed unescorted for Hainan Island.

On 1 July 1942 all the prisoners died when the Montevideo Maru was torpedoed by a US Navy submarine, USS Sturgeon, off the coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Initiative honours those fallen

To date 41 veterans have been honoured through existing streets and a further 14 have been approved for future street naming, with another 19 still under investigation.

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