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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BLYTH, Oswald Dunnikier

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

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RANKINE, Andrew James Enoch

Service number S74505
Private
Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 19 Dec 1898

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MELLIS, James

Service number 3727A
Private
49th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Mar 1887

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SPENCE, Norman Oscar

Service number 563
Private
3rd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jan 1888

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LOCKWOOD, Frederick Henry

Service number 622
Private
2nd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1886

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ALLAN, William Arthur Francis

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

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PADE, Charles William Victor

Service number 4549A
Corporal
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Oct 1884

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BOORER, John Benjamin

Service number 3067
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 May 1896