Reginald was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of George and Annie Rebecca Colman (written in some documents as Coleman). In 1901, they were living at 47 Mander Street, Wolverhampton, along with Reginald’s siblings George F. H., Florence M., and Elsie G. They were at the same address in 1911.
On 7 June 1915, he enlisted with the Royal Scots (Lothian Regimant) (number 23135). His trade by then was butcher. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 12 April 1916, but was reverted to Private for misconduct on 1 May 1916. He received a gun shot wound in 1916, from which he recovered and returned to duty. He died on 2 March 1919 from Broncho Pneumonia in hospital in France. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery in France.