|Birth: ||May 14, 1887|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1918|
Departement de la Somme
From: "THE 131ST U.S. INFANTRY (FIRST INFANTRY ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD) IN THE WORLD WAR; NARRATIVE—OPERATIONS—STATISTICS" By COLONEL JOSEPH B. SANBORN
p. 181: We spent the night of August 9th in this location. About 6 o'clock on the morning of August 10th we moved to Malard Wood and halted in the valley beyond. It was here that Company M was ordered to reinforce and then relieve Company G. Our company, led by Lieutenant Stockwell, moved up. About 10 o'clock, following the Bray road in an easterly direction, we crossed the area over which the battle had been fought the afternoon before. While on this road Jerry began shelling, which caused us to take shelter in a shallow ditch by the wayside. This bombardment progressed intermittently for several hours, resulting in few minor casualties. From this shallow ditch the third and fourth platoons moved on and to the left a distance of about 800 yards. This brought them to Company G's position in advance of Gressaire Wood. The German artillery continued to shell the woods in the rear. At the same time our platoons were subjected to harassing fire from machine guns, apparently coming from the vicinity of an abandoned tank on our front. Corporal Seth J. Halper, with an automatic rifle squad of the fourth platoon, was ordered to advance to the tank and deal with the enemy gunners. Enemy fire was such that this mission could not be successfully carried out. All but one of the squad were wounded in the attempt, Corporal Halper and Private Butch fatally. Further to the left an enemy strong point was giving trouble and retarding the 9th Londons in reaching their position on our left. To cope with this situation a patrol, led by Lieutenants Beauvais and Fitzpatrick, set out. Crawling forward from one shell hole to another they reached a location from where they opened a deadly fire and accounted for the German nest. This permitted the British to reach their location. The conduct of the following men was so conspicuously praiseworthy they were given honorable mention on behalf of the British army: Privates Daniel S. Flagg, William R. Bresin, Stanislaus Bndreckis, Arley R. Eakin and Dwight B. Leonard. These men were the proud recipients of the first laurels awarded the company. While directing the fire on the enemy at this time and encouraging the advance of the men Corporal Grist fell mortally wounded.
p. 329: Grist, #2060894, Cpl. Frank, Co. M. Information given by Dan Klagg, Pvt. Co. M.Cpl. Grist was killed instantly while advancing on a machine gun nest during the Chipilly Gressaire Wood offensive, Somme. His death occurred in Gressaire Wood.
p 711: CHAPTER XXXII - ROSTERS OF COMPANY M - ROSTER OF SOLDIERS WHO ARRIVED IN FRANCE WITH 131ST INFANTRY, MAY 30, 1918. ASSIGNED TO COMPANY M.
#2060894 Grist, Frank Pvt. K 8-10-18
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Frank Grist
Birth Date: 14 May 1887
Draft Board: 39
Single, lived in Chicago 3 yrs.
Home in 1910: Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation, Leavenworth, Kansas
Frank C Grist soldier 1887 PA.
Researched by Laura J. Stewart.
CPL 131 Infantry, 28 Division
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 18, Site 4715
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81766535