Alan Stanley TUMMON

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TUMMON, Alan Stanley

Service Number: QX64915
Enlisted: 18 June 1941, Bundaberg, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Australian Army Service Corps
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 4 June 1920
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died at sea (POW of Japan aboard Montevideo Maru), South China Sea, 1 July 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Bundaberg Civic Centre Memorial Portico, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Jun 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX64915, Bundaberg, Queensland
19 Jun 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX64915, Australian Army Service Corps
25 Jan 1942: Imprisoned Australia's Northern Periphery
1 Jul 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX64915, Australian Army Service Corps, Prisoners of War

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Biography

"QX64915 Private Alan Stanley Tummon, Australian Army Service Corps (AASC), of Bundaberg, Queensland. A labourer prior to enlistment on 18 June 1941 Pte Tummon served with Headquarters New Guinea Area in New Britain. 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." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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