b. 14/06/1905 Pretoria, South Africa. d. 16/06/1940 Brighton, Sussex.
Gristock was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He was 35 years old, and a Warrant Officer Class II holding the appointment of company sergeant major in The Royal Norfolk Regiment, British Army during the Second World War. During the Battle of France the 2nd battalion was part of the British Expeditionary Force.
On 21 May 1940 near the River Escaut, Belgium, south of Tournai. Company Sergeant-Major Gristock organized a party of eight riflemen and went forward to cover the company's right flank, where the enemy had broken through. He then went on with one man under heavy fire and was severely wounded in both legs, but having gained his fire position undetected, he managed to put out of action a machine-gun which was inflicting heavy casualties and kill the crew of four. He then dragged himself back to the right flank position but refused to be evacuated until contact with the battalion had been established. He later died of his wounds.*
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL NORFOLK REGIMENT MUSEUM, NORWICH.
BURIAL PLACE: BEAR ROAD CEMETERY, BRIGHTON, SUSSEX.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
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