The son of George Frederick James and Florence Louise Buvington, Reginald was born in Bath, Somerset in 1895. They were living at 306 Lea Road, Wolverhampton, by 1901, along with Reginald’s brother, Frederick. He attended the local Wolverhampton Higher Grade School. Reginald was at school in Bewdley at The Palace Boarding School by 1911.
On 9 December 1915, Reginald enlisted in the 17th Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 65265). By this date, his address was given as 93 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, and he was working as a civil servant. On 16 March 1916, he transferred to the No 3 Depot of the Royal Garrison Artillery, and later that year he was appointed Lance Bombardier in the 22nd Heavy Battery. He was killed in action in France or Belgium on 29 April 1918. The value of his effects was £115 4s. 10d. Reginald is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium and remembered on the war memorial of the Higher Grade School.