Reginald Trotter was a character in Only Fools And Horses who appeared in 1 episode, Thicker Than Water shown at Christmas 1983 played by Peter Woodthorpe. He appeared in the prequel Rock And Chips played by Shaun Dingwall.
Reg was the lazy and workshy father of Derek "Del Boy" Trotter and son of Grandad Trotter - (Edward Trotter), and husband of Joan Mavis Trotter. He was abusive to Joan when they were married, hence one of the reasons why she had an affair in 1960.
Reginald Trotter was born in 26th June 1924 in Bermondsey, London the only child of Edward Trotter and Violet Trotter (Nee Rooney). In 1936 the family relocated to Peabody Buildings, Peckham Rye in Peckham, a couple of miles from Bermondsey. Reg left school at 14 but was quite lazy, he suffered from a sticky mattress. In 1944 he met Joan Mavis Hollins and they had a son Derek Edward Trotter in July 1945, named after his two grandfathers. Del may have been registered under his mothers maiden surname Hollins. Reg and Joan married in 1947 at Our Lady Of The Divine Rosemary, Peckham.
1960-1964EditIn February 1960, Reg had been living at Orchard Street, Peckham, London, SE15 for many years. He was a lazy man, he left Joan to work as an ice cream seller at the local Palladium. Reg was friends with Freddie "The Frog" - Freddie Robdal. When Joan fell pregnant after a brief affair with Freddie, Reg thought he was the father as he had come home drunk after a football match and him and Joan had sex to celebrate. She was just pregnant already.
Reg never knew he was not the father of baby Rodney Trotter when he was born on the 2nd November 1960. Reg was abusive towards Joan and often his son Del had to defend Joan. In late 1963, Joan's health started to deteriorate and as Reg suffered from a "sticky mattress" as Del was to later say, Del had to graft to bring money into the flat. In March 1964, Joan Mavis Trotter died. One day when Del was out and Rodney was being looked after by Grandad, Reg packed a few things, including one of Del's coats, and even Rodney's piggy bank and walked out on the family, leaving no contact information. Even Grandad was unable to stop him. Del came home that night to find Reg had gone.
1964-1983, life away from his familyEdit
Reg left Peckham and probably left London altogether after he walked out on his father and 2 sons. Del resented Reg for this. Reg later got work as a porter. In 1982, he moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North of England. In 1982 Del even joked if they knew where their dad was living, they could send him a letter bomb.
Reg worked as a porter at Newcastle Infirmary in 1983. In December 1983, Reg saw a money making opportunity as he wanted to con his family out of money by pretending he has a blood disorder and wanted to pretend that Del Boy was not his son so that he could reclaim his place at the Trotters flat in Nelson Mandela House. One night he stole blankets and pillows from the hospital and then stole the chief gynaecologists motorbike. He then rode off back towards Peckham, after 19 years of being away.
In December 1983, upon arriving back in Peckham, Reg went to Nelson Mandela House and knocked on the door of the Trotters flat. Rodney answered, but did not recognise him as he last saw him as a kid. Grandad came out and saw it was his son Reg. Grandad hugged him. He then said to Rodney this was his dad. Del came home that night and was told Reg was back. Del was very angry at him for what he did, he walked out on the family when Rodney was 5 years old. Reg said he had been in hospital reliving the moment he walked out that night. He said he was ill and had a hereditary illness, a blood disorder. He had been living in Newcastle and he had a document from Newcastle Infirmary to show he was ill. Del reluctantly let Reg stay the night. Reg ended up staying longer.
Del and Rodney did blood tests and were given the all clear, yet they had different blood groups, but the doctor said brothers can have different blood groups. It was hinted but never confirmed that Del and Rodney may have different fathers. Del knew his mother was not as saintly as he made out and was seeing other men at the time she fell pregnant with Rodney. Reg came home and said Del was the whodunnit, as he wanted to make Del think he was not really a Trotter so that Reg could reclaim his place as head of the family.
Del exposed Reg, saying that him and Rodney do have the same blood group, and someone added the B on the end of Del's hospital test results. Del rung Dr Becker and he said brothers can have different blood groups and that he rang Newcastle Infirmary to ask about Reg. Del said the hospital ran Reg's name through their computer and they had never heard of a patient called Trotter but they did have a porter called Trotter who stole lots of hospital supplies plus the chief gynaecologists motorbike. This meant the form Reg showed to Del to say he was ill was a blank form and filled in by him to make it look genuine. Del said the doctor suggested he got lots of exercise like take a long brisk walk.
Reg knew he had been found out so packed his things and left Peckham again that night, this time for good. Del gave him a few quid. Rodney said Reg had made Christmas miserable. Del soon reassured Rodney that things would be back to normal again. Grandad said to Del he has "burnt your pitza" (as he pronounced the word pizza) and Del says "See what I mean?" That was the very last time Del, Rodney, and Grandad ever saw Reg.
After 1 January 1984 and his final exit from PeckhamEdit
After Reg left on New Years Day 1984, he returned to Newcastle and was never seen or heard from again by his family or anyone in Peckham. He did not even briefly return to Peckham to attend his father's funeral in early 1985.
As of 2017, it is not known if he is alive or not but if he is still alive he would be 93 years old. It is likely Reg passed away years ago. In his book He Who Dares, Del assumes that Reg is already dead.
Reg never knew that Joan slept with Freddie Robdal at the time Rodney was conceived. As he left when Rodney was 3 years old, it is not known if Reg ever knew for sure he was not Rodney's father. Reg was clearly lying about Del and Rodney's blood groups in 1983, so may have had his own suspicions but this is not entirely known.
Well what can I say, Reg Trotter is on the same lines as Roy Slater, totally mean and nasty with no redeeming features whatsoever. While Slater was a bent copper, Reg was a bent father, he was lazy, he hit his wife Joan and let her earn so she could support the family. In 1960, Reg found Joan was pregnant again and thought he was the father but it was Reg's friend, local villain Freddie Robdal, who had his wicked way with Joan when he sent Reg on a job to pick something up in Kent. Reg could not cope with looking after another "son". After Joan died after a long illness in 1964, Reg just put himself first and left his elderly grandad and his 2 sons to fend for themselves. Even when he returned in 1983, he played ill and pretended Del was not his son so he could reclaim his place. Reg was later exposed. It proved that he was rotten to the core and he left Peckham once again, this time for good.
- Born: 26th June 1924
- Full Name: Reginald Trotter
- Siblings: None
- Spouse: Joan Mavis Trotter (Nee Hollins) (1947-1964)
- Children: Derek Trotter (1945)
- Adoptive Children: Rodney Trotter
- Grandchildren: Damien Trotter
- Cousins: Stan Trotter
- Occupation: Porter (1983)
Only Fools And Horses
Rock And Chips (Only Fools And Horses prequel set in 1960-1962)