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Name: Robert Hugh Sloley
Robert Sloley
Country: South Africa
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 56
Victories: 8
Born: 19 September 1897
Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: 01 October 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Westroosebeke, Belgium
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The only surviving son of Sir Herbert Cecil and Charlotte Jane Hoole (Dick) Sloley, Robert Hugh Sloley was educated at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from the Royal Garrison Artillery and was promoted to temporary Lieutenant on 1 July 1917. An S.E.5a pilot, he was posted to 56 Squadron in 1917 and scored 9 victories during August and September. Two days after his final victory, Sloley was overwhelmed by four black and white Albatros D.Vs. James McCudden witnessed the onslaught, watching Sloley's plane go down after its tail was shot off by Xavier Dannhuber of Jasta 26.

WO 339/62741
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Aug 1917 1730-1830 56 S.E.5 (A4868) C (OOC) 1 E of Westroosebeke
2 20 Aug 1917 1910-1930 56 S.E.5 (A4868) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
3 22 Aug 1917 0615-0715 56 S.E.5 (A4868) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
4 05 Sep 1917 1815 56 S.E.5 (A4868) C (OOC) E of Houthoulst Forest
5 14 Sep 1917 0845-0915 56 S.E.5 (A4868) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Houthoulst Forest
6 16 Sep 1917 1630 56 S.E.5a (A8944) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
7 20 Sep 1917 1200 56 S.E.5a (A4868) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
8 29 Sep 1917 1750-1810 56 S.E.5a (A8928) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Staden

1 Shared with Capt Gerald Maxwell
2 Shared with Capt Gerald Maxwell, Lt H A Johnston (B12), Lt Charles Jeffs, Lt R W Young (A8946), Lt R J Preston-Cobb (B527)
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