According to his attestation papers dated November 12, 1914 at Toronto, Roy Jordon Elliott was born on December 19, 1896 at Toronto. He listed his father, George Elliott, Vanevery Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a factory hand and had both previous military experience and was a member of an active militia. He was 17 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches in height. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as an emery worker living on the north side of Main Street, Mimico.