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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WATSON, Thomas David

Service number 2265B
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1897

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BLAKE, Stanley

Service number 3763
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Oct 1892

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BLACKET, Joseph Arnold

Service number 1667
Lieutenant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Aug 1894
Norwood Football Club 1915

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OSTERMAN, Alfred George

Service number 7032
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jan 1894

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HOCKING, Samuel Roy

Service number 7331
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Dec 1897

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SNELL, Leonard Walter

Service number 234
Private
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1887

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PARKER, Ernest Frederick

Service number 34381
Gunner
102nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Battery
AIF WW1
Born 11 Nov 1883

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ANDERSON, Waldimar Christian

Service number 4794
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Sep 1887