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

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

LARKIN, John Vernon

Service number 3160
Second Lieutenant
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

HASSAM, Oscar Donald

Service number 51
Lieutenant
Australian Provost Corps
AIF WW1
Born 30 Jan 1895

JACOBS, Albert Edward

Service number 7269
Private
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Apr 1898

ANDERSON, Waldimar Christian

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

BAVISTER, Edwin

Service number 7461
Private
42nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Jan 1889

MOLLOY, Maurice

Service number 6068
Lance Corporal
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Sep 1896

BOWIE, Archibald Duncan

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

HOCKING, Samuel Roy

Service number 7331
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Dec 1897

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