His father John Smith, died suddenly some time after 1901 and Reginald and his mother Elizabeth moved to Pudsey. There they lived at Alma House with Reginald’s uncle Herbert Goodall. Herbert and his family were the owners of the large Alma tannery on Roker Lane, Pudsey. Reginald changed career path after 1911 moving from being a life insurance agent to working as a leather currier in the tannery. The family also moved to the smaller Glebeland House on South Parade (pictured).
At the outbreak of war, he was one of the men who signed up for full military service on the Leeds Pals Tram, having already spent 5 years serving as a Territorial with the Leeds Rifles.
From here on details about his life are very sketchy. He initially served with the 15th Battalion Leeds Pals, and also served with the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment.
Sadly having survived the horrors of the war, Reginald succumbed to illness contracted in France on February 13th 1919. The Spanish flu epidemic was rife amongst the thousands of troops returning through the channel ports at the time.
Reginald is remembered on the very eye catching Goodall family memorial in Pudsey Cemetery. I don't know yet if he is buried there, this is to be confirmed.