Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Lieutenant-Commander James Patrick "Hamish" Croal

Male 1916 - 1985  (68 years)


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  • Name James Patrick "Hamish" Croal 
    Prefix Lieutenant-Commander 
    Born 20 Jul 1916  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1932  102 William St., Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1933  72 Union Blvd, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1936  29 Roland St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Jan 1985  Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military WW2 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-146920P 
    Buried Saint John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Hope, Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I146920  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father David Thomson Croal,   b. 1889, Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1940  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Isabel Scott Steel,   b. 28 May 1892, Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1932, Waterloo Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1915  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F54171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jul 1916 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1932 - 102 William St., Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1933 - 72 Union Blvd, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1936 - 29 Roland St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jan 1985 - Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Saint John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Hope, Northumberland Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • James (Hamish) Patrick Croal was born in Galt (Cambridge) and educated in Scotland. He joined the Merchant Marine before the start of WWII, enlisted as an Ordinary Seaman and earned his commission in 1944.

      Following the War, Croal pushed back Canada's Arctic frontiers. He was appointed Naval Observer for Exercise Muskox, the Canadian Army's cold weather training project. As a civilian with the Defence Research Board in Churchill, Manitoba, he studied ice conditions, behavior of vehicles and appropriate clothing and rations for military and scientific personnel operating in the Arctic. In 1948 he was a Canadian observer on American led expeditions to the Arctic when drilling tests were done for the construction of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line radar sites. This work resulted in Croal receiving a personnel commendation from the United States of America Secretary of the Navy.

      In 1949, Croal joined the permanent force of the Royal Canadian Navy and was assigned to test survival equipment north of Churchill. He was on HMCS Labrador in 1954 when it became the first Canadian icebreaker to sail through the Northwest Passage, subsequently circumnavigating North America via the Panama Canal. He trained Canadian Army instructors in survival techniques and was a Defence Research Board consultant in a 1959 study of sea ice. In retirement Croal continued to work for the Defence Research Board in Ottawa, was a consultant to the Department of the Environment and to the Arctic Institute of Canada to which he was inducted as a Fellow.

      The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S2173] Find A Grave, James Patrick Croal (1916 - 1985) - Find A Grave Memorial. (2017). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 25 June 2017, from https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Croal&GSfn=James&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GScntry=10&GSob=n&GRid=170682200&df=all&.

    2. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.