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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SCOTT, Stanley Kenneth

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

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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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FAINT, William

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

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SKYRING, Frank Herbert (Hubert)

Service number 7302
Private
23rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Apr 1892

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NORRIS, William

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

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SCOTT, Cleve James

Service number COMMI...
Lieutenant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Oct 1896

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THORNS, Alfred Henry Stanley

Service number 723
Sergeant
51st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Jul 1894

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ALEXANDER, Alexander Frank

Service number 2196
Private
34th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1897