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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SLAPE, Francis William

Service number 3479
Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1898

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PAYNE, Lancelot Joseph Wollard

Service number 474
Lieutenant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Feb 1896

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SMITH, Francis Harmer

Service number 7306
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1888

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FAINT, William

Service number 355
Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Dec 1895

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BARNARD, Sydney Harry

Service number 6762
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Oct 1879

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TAYLOR, William Herbert

Service number 2008
Lance Sergeant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1886

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NORRIS, William

Service number 2056
Private
46th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Jan 1879

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DONALDSON, Archibald Clarke

Service number 159
Lance Corporal
41st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894