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

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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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BARNARD, Sydney Harry

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

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WHITE, Albert

Service number 4785
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 May 1892

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SCOTT, Stanley Kenneth

Service number 7065
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 Oct 1893

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GILES, Robert Summers

Service number 7438
Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 Feb 1884

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TAYLOR, George Frederick

Service number 3317
Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Aug 1883

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LOCKWOOD, Frederick Henry

Service number 622
Private
2nd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1886

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BLACKET, Joseph Arnold

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