|Place of birth||Skipton, Victoria|
|School||Skipton State School, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs F Grist, Post Office, Skipton, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/25/5|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||5097A|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||14th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||nr Cerisy, Somme sector, France|
|Age at death from cemetery records||19|
|Place of burial||Heath Cemetery (Plot Iv, Row H, Grave o. 16), Harbonnieres, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: John and Frances GRIST, Skipton, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Cousin: 3057 Pte Charles GRIST, 8th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 12 July 1918.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 14 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria, 29 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 8 June 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 8 October ; taken on strength, 14th Bn, in the field, 22 October 1916, and reallotted No 5097A.
Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 5 August 1917 (influenza); transferred to 4th Divisional Rest Station, 10 August 1917; discharged to duty, 13 August 1917, and rejoined unit same day.
Tried on charge of desertion (absent without leave, 13-17 August 1917) by Field General Court Martial, 13 September 1917; pleaded 'Not Guilty'; found 'Guilty', and sentenced to death; sentence commuted to 10 years' imprisonment with hard labour.
Admitted to No 1 Military Prison, Havre, 28 October 1917.
Sentence commuted to 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, 7 November 1917.
Released from prison, 18 May 1918, remainder of sentence suspended, and entrained to rejoin Bn, 18 May 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 May 1918.
Reported wounded in action, 8 August 1918; now, 14 August 1918, reported killed in action, 8 August 1918.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal