Your grandfather was a highly decorated war hero. And so the story begins…….
I never met this man. He died 2 years and 1 month before I was born. All I have ever heard were stories. Some were tall tales, some were tearful remembrances. All stories. Some more facts that fiction, and some more fiction than facts. So lets start with the facts.
Name: Walter David Croll
Born: 25 February 1890 Cogan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Baptism: 23 March 1890 Parish of Llandough, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Parents: David Croll and Clara (Clarinda) (nee) Piper
Military: Enlisted 7 Dec 1917 – Discharged 8 Feb 1919
First Marriage: Andree Jeanne Chesnot
October 4, 1919
Montmorency, Pontoise, France
Second Marriage: Helen Bellamy
Wallace John Croll Born 29 Mar 1927
Robert Donald Croll (my father) Born 22 Nov 1930
Died: 3 October 1958 Livonia, Wayne Co., Michigan
Buried: Roseland Park Cemetery Berkley, Oakland Co., Michigan
These are the facts. There are more facts to be shared, but I’ll just start off with the basic details of his life. A timeline of sorts from birth to death. Now will come all the details and stories of his life. Not all in timeline order, but it is time to start to add color to his story. I will start each entry with FACT or FICTION. And then support the stories of his life.
Megan (nee) Croll Heyl Granddaughter