Croll was the name, Storytelling was his game ….. so I’m told!

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
Montreal, Canada


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