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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SKYRING, Frank Hubert (Frank Herbert)

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

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LOCKWOOD, Frederick Henry

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

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ENGLERT, Bertie George

Service number 7342
Private
14th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1887

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SEVERS, Charles Bert

Service number 4299
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1892

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RETCHFORD, Albert Roy

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

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SUTTON, Horatio

Service number Q229082
Lieutenant
19th (Roma) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 22 Oct 1896

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WHITE, Albert

Service number 4785
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 May 1892

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VENN, John Henry

Service number 3204
Private
2nd Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893