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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BOWIE, Archibald Duncan

Service number 2345
Private
5th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Mar 1882

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SELWAY, George

Service number 6883
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Sep 1896

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ANDERSON, Waldimar Christian

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

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SNELL, Leonard Walter

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

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WILLIAMS, Ernest

Service number 3163
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jan 1889

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PARKER, Frederick William

Service number 2006
Driver
14th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 4 Feb 1894

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SLAPE, Francis William

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

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NORRIS, John

Service number 951
Sergeant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1895