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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NORRIS, William

Service number 2056
Private
46th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Jan 1879

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ALEXANDER, Alexander (Alexander Frank)

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

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PARKER, Frederick William

Service number 2006
Driver
14th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 4 Feb 1894

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RANKINE, Andrew James Enoch

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

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BOORER, John Benjamin

Service number 3067
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 May 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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BEDDOME, John Winter Kingham

Service number SX30147
Lieutenant Colonel
4 Advance Ordnance Depot
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 9 Nov 1892

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LLOYD, Clarence George Langley

Service number 4076
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Jul 1897