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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ST CLAIR, Stanley James

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

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ENGLERT, Bertie George

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

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ALEXANDER, Alexander (Alexander Frank)

Service number 2196
Private
34th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1897

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BOWIE, Archibald Duncan

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

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KNIGHT, Albert Llewellyn

Service number 5914
Corporal
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Jan 1890

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SMITH, Francis Harmer

Service number 7306
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1888

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JACOBS, Albert Edward

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

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AMES, Basil

Service number 6768A
Private
22nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Feb 1898