Killed in action aged 41
Grave unknown

Robert Francis was born in London, the younger son of Henry Smalley, Captain Royal Madras Engineers, and his wife Emmeline Matilda Davidson, and was baptised at St. Matthew’s Church, Bayswater on 1 November 1876.

He came up to Christ Church in 1895.

He commenced service in the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment in May 1915.

He was killed at Ploegsteert on 14 April 1918.  His name appears on the War Memorial at Guildford.

Re Lieutenant ROBERT FRANCIS SMALLEY, Deceased.
Pursuant to the Act of Parliament 22nd and 23rd Vic. chap. 35, entitled "An Act to further amend the Law of Property and to relieve Trustees."
NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and other persons having any claims or demands against the estate of Robert Francis Smalley, late of Thurmby, Jenner-road, Guildford, in the county of Surrey, Lieutenant, 4th South Staffordshire Regiment, deceased (who died on the 14th day of April, 1918, and whose will was proved in the Principal Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice on the 14th day of January, 1919, by Robert John Cooke and George Rutland Snowden, the executors named in the said will), are hereby required to send the particulars, in writing, of their claims to us, the undersigned, the Solicitors for the said executors, on or before the 26th day of April, 1919, after which date the said executors will proceed to distribute the proceeds”

His Estate amounted to £996-0s-3d.