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.

 

More to follow

Read more...

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

Thumb capture
LAWRY, Harry

Service number 5694
Private
14th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1898

Thumb meyers2
MEYERS, Errol Solomon

Service number OFFICER
Major
11th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 9 Aug 1890

Thumb capture
SMITH, Francis Harmer

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

Thumb image
ORR, John

Service number 5181
Private
46th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Oct 1896

Thumb normal normal image
BECK, Alfred Keith

Service number 243
Sergeant
3rd Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 13 Mar 1897

Thumb 1b
WITHERS, Ernest John Churchman

Service number 253
Private
4th Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jul 1898

Thumb normal 1a
RETCHFORD, Albert Roy

Service number 388
Lieutenant
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jun 1894

Thumb capture
ALLAN, William Arthur Francis

Service number 1466A
Corporal
9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1896