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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FRANCIS, Harold

Service number 6988
Private
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 15 May 1894

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BLYTH, Oswald Dunnikier

Service number 3047
Fitter Corporal
3rd Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 13 Aug 1883

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BECK, Alfred Keith

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

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ST CLAIR, Stanley James

Service number 6089
Sergeant
37th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Mar 1888

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ALLEN, Angus Sutherland

Service number 301
Captain
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Apr 1896

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SELWAY, George

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

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TARDENT, Oswald Urbin

Service number 40
Sergeant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Mar 1894

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MADDISON, Robert

Service number 7094
Private
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1886