Merris (France) (World War 1, 1 May 1918 to 30 June 1918)

About This Campaign

Merris May - July 1918

Merris is a small town in the far north of France adjacent to the Belgian border.

The 1st Division of the AIF had been rushed south in late March April to stem the advance on the Somme but was hastily returned and was deployed to stem another German offensive along the line of hte Franco Belgian border.  In this region Operation Georgette, the second largest of the Geman lines of attack had aimed to strike towards the Channel Ports at Calais via the important rail head of Hazebrouk.

Hazebrouk was held and the German offensive stalled as it had further south, short of their objectives.

During May and June of 1918, the Australians engaged in 'Peaceful Penetration' attempting to win back ground lost to the Germans via small stealthy 'snatch and grab' attacks that seized German outposts.

 

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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JONES, Walter

Service number 905
Corporal
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Mar 1894

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FRERICHS, Jack

Service number 2458A
Lance Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Oct 1891

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BROWN, John

Service number 2292
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1880

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PILCHER, Ernest Sydney

Service number 55
Driver
1st Motor Transport Company
AIF WW1
Born 28 Dec 1889

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JENKINS, William Roy

Service number 8001
Lieutenant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jan 1892

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BRITTAIN, William Jess Knox

Service number 2623
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 31 Jul 1897

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MELLIS, James

Service number 3727A
Private
49th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Mar 1887

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SCOBIE, Frank Maitland

Service number 7583
Private
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 10 Mar 1898