Frederick Henry Grist

Date of birth: January 1883
Place of birth: St Denys, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1/4th
Rank / Service No: Private, 204115
Died: 23rd February 1917, aged 33 years
Commemorated: Basra Memorial, Iraq

 

Frederick was the youngest of 3 siblings born to Edward James and Sarah Ann Grist (nee Dummer), who married in Southampton in 1876.

 

The family were based in St. Denys, living at 85 Adelaide Road.

 

Both parents were born in Southampton, Edward in 1853 and Sarah in 1855.

Edward, a carpenter, died in St. Denys in 1910.

Sarah remarried in 1915, to James Parker; she passed away in Winchester in 1939.

 

Siblings

Edward George   b. 1877 St. Denys   d. 1951 Southampton   Married Ada Elizabeth Thomas in Portswood in 1908.

Emma Mary   b. 1879 St. Denys   d. 1951 Southampton   Married William G. Cooper in Southampton in 1912.

Frederick Henry

 

 

The 1/4th battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914, part of the Hampshire Brigade in the Wessex Division.

 

They landed in Karachi on 11 November 1914 but sailed for Mesopotamia in early March 1915, arriving at Basra on 18th with the 33rd Indian Brigade.

 

The battalion was to remain in Mesopotamia and Persia for the rest of the war.

 

The Battalion HQ and one Company were captured at Kut-el-Amara on 29 April 1916 and the remainder formed a composite battalion with the 1/5th battalion, the Buffs, and – attached to the 35th Indian Brigade – transferred to the 14th Indian division.

 

The battalion then transferred to the 36th Indian Division in November 1916.

 

Frederick almost certainly lost his life during actions near the town of Amara, where many battalion members perished, in the February of 1917.

 

The Memorial commemorates the more than 40,500 Commonwealth servicemen who died in operations in Mesopotamia from August 1914 to August 1921, with no known grave.

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th August 2016
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