Roy Septimus Carlton was born on 15 December 1894, the son of Mary Carlton from Dublin and James C Carlton from Australia. He had at least two elder brothers, James and Cecil who had been born in Dublin. Roy was a pupil of Eastbourne College. His family lived in South Croydon at the time he joined Harper Adams Agricultural College in October 1912 aged 17 for the Certificate course with a view to farming or becoming a Land Agent. He left Harper Adams on 18 July 1914; the student register records “Joined Forces”.
He served with the 8th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment and then the Royal Flying Corps and died on 30 May 1917 aged 23 as a result of accidental drowning at Weybridge when off-duty and is remembered with honour at Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery in South London (S5. 7376)