Grist, William Alexander
1869-1942; e.m. 1889

BC missionary to China, born in Ryde, IOW. He read Chinese at Oxford before serving in South West China from 1896 to 1902. With his wife and C.E. Hicks he took the risk of remaining in Tung Chuan throughout the Boxer troubles. Author of the definitive biography of Samuel Pollard, he was President of the UM Conference in 1925. He became Foreign Missions Secretary in 1928 and in preparation for Methodist Union was appointed China Secretary of the WMMS in 1930, an office he held until 1936. He died on 30 December 1942.

  • William John Michell, Brief Biographical Sketches of Bible Christian Ministers and Laymen (1906), vol.2 pp.196-98
  • Methodist Recorder, 7 Jan.1943


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