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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TAYLOR, William Herbert

Service number 2008
Lance Sergeant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1886

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SMITH, Arthur Johnson

Service number 3978
Corporal
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Nov 1893

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PARKER, Ernest Frederick

Service number 34381
Gunner
102nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Battery
AIF WW1
Born 11 Nov 1883

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THOMSON, George William Wyville

Service number 915
Staff Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Feb 1893

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RETCHFORD, Albert Roy

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

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BOOTE, Clarence Vernon

Service number 3279
Private
40th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Aug 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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BROGAN, James

Service number 1887
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jul 1892