Reginald George Royle was born in 1887 in Rotherham. He lived with his family 128 College Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham while his father Thomas Clifford was working as a solicitor’s clerk. Soon after the family moved to 3 Town Moor Avenue and Thomas began work as the local register of births and deaths. Reginald followed his older brother Francis into banking, working as a clerk for Beckett’s Bank Doncaster. In civilian life, Reginald was well known around the town as an athlete and a singer.
Soon after outbreak of war, Reginald joined the 6th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. When he signed up, he was described as 5ft 8 ½ inches, 164 lbs with a 37 inch chest and a fresh complexion. Reginald served with the 5th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry with the service number 18176. Reginald’s military career was referred to in the Doncaster Chronicle in June 1917 as a ‘record of success’. Reginald was wounded in the left hand by shrapnel and later received serious wounds in a bombing explosion in which he was badly burned. He was promoted to Captain and also served as Acting Major with the K.O.Y.L.I. During this time, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order as part of the King’s Birthday Honours List which appeared in the London Gazette in May 1918.
Reginald’s brother William was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme and his other brothers Frank and Fred both served with the Royal Air Force. Reginald survived the war and married Gladys Hill in 1919 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire. The couple settled at 26 Town Moor Avenue, the same road that he’d lived on with his family as a child.
Reginald and Gladys moved to Clifton, Yorkshire a few years later. During a holiday to Filey in August 1938, Reginald died suddenly. Reginald’s funeral was held in York but his body was brought back to Doncaster to be buried at Christ Church on Thorne Road.