The 1901 Census reveals Andrew to have been born in Brixton, London, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth. At the time, Andrew was an insurance superintendent, then aged 47. He had been born in Newcastle under Lyne. Elizabeth, from Stafford, was aged 45. It would seem that Andrew's work had meant he had moved round the country and his children had been born in different places. The older ones seemed to be working for their father collecting insurance money from customers. By the time of the Census the family were in the Stockport area. The children are Elizabeth (13, born Walworth London), Emma (22, Born Marylebone, London, working as a collector), Jessie (10, born Brixton) and Violet (15, born Halworth, working as a collector). The Census also shows an Elizabeth Shufflebotham, aged 48 and John , aged 17 and also working as a collector. Both were born in Yorkshire. They are clearly related and are possibly Andrew's aunt and cousin.
Andrew enlisted into the army in Stockport, being drafted to the local Territorial Battalion, but it is not known exactly when. His original service number, 4556, is not an early one and suggests he may have been a conscript into the army in late 1916.
He died whilst at a Casualty Clearing Station after being wounded. It is not known when he received these wounds, although the injured were not kept for long at a CCS - they had either been stabilised after treatment and passed on to a base hospital or they had died. The Battalion History records that, on 1 October, the troops were moving into support positions south of Tenbrielen (approx. 20 kilometres south east of Ypres) and suffered a number of casualties. The positions were just behind the front line and were subjected to a large amount of gas shells. This is probably when Andrew was injured although it is not known if he was hit by shrapnel or affected by gas.