Reginald was a son of Arthur and Elizabeth Jane Andrews. He had five siblings, two of whom had died by 1911. The surviving brothers were (Arthur) Frederick, Leonard and (Ernest) Robert. In 1901 the census shows the family living at 5 Swain’s Lane, and his father’s occupation was “Labourer, Highgate Cemetery Coy.”. In 1911, when the family was living at 9 Pickering Cottages, North Hill, Highgate, 13 year old Reginald was a schoolboy.