Carrington was the only child of Reverend Walter Marshall Carrington and he went to St Paul's school, London. He married Dilys Jones in 1940 and became an RAF bomber pilot during World War II, survived being shot down over Hungary but suffered serious injuries. Generous and kind by nature, he was a patient, humble and modest man, never judgemental and always had a benevolent and happy demeanour. He loved horse riding and continued to ride despite the physical limitations resulting from his wartime injuries into his mid 80's. He had an insatiable appetite for books and during his life, amassed one of the largest collections of equestrian literature in the country. He loved opera and particularly the voice of Maria Callas, but he equally had a passion for irreverent humour including the 60's radio show, 'The Goons'. He was widely travelled, enjoyed fine wine and good food, collected coloured glass ornaments, and was an enthusiastic correspondent. Carrington was a member of The Costume Society. He is survived by his wife and their three sons.
Photographs of Walter Carrington's study in Holland Park, London taken in July 2005 are reproduced here with the kind permission of his family.
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