Carroll was educated at St Columba's College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. After an earlier career as a school teacher he was Vicar of Stanwix from 1950 to 1959; Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Blackburn from 1959 to 1964; and a canon residentiary of Blackburn Cathedral from 1964 until his appointment as an archdeacon.
- "Church news", The Times (London, England), 5 December 1985, p. 18.
- "Carroll, Ven. Charles William Desmond", Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, November 2012 accessed 21 June 2013
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76, London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
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