The son of James Smith and Eva (Morse) Charley, Reginald Morse Charley studied electrical engineering before accepting employment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, arriving in New York, New York on 1 February 1914. On 2 May 1916, he received his pilot's certificate on a Curtiss biplane at the Atlantic Coast Aeronautic School, Newport News, Virginia. The following month, he was back in England as a member of the Royal Flying Corps and received a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 14 June 1916. The following year, Charley flew Sopwith Pups with 54 Squadron in Belgium. On the day he became an ace, 11 September 1917, Lieutenant Charley with appointed Flight Commander and promoted to temporary Captain. After scoring his sixth victory in November 1917, he returned to England.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950