Andrews was born in Southampton on 12 March 1914, and died in Lancaster on 5 March 1971. He was one of six children. His mother was Ethel Sawford, the daughter of an agricultural and iron Stone labourer and had been a domestic servant before her marriage. His father was Frederick Walter Andrews, son of a ship's steward and stevedore, who worked as an able-bodied seaman and shunter and retired as chief inspector, traffic department, at the Southampton Docks. His sister, Evelyn Mary, married Richard W. Marsh MP.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.