Clifton Rugby Football Club History
index sitemap advanced
site search by freefind

Robert William Sloan


The spelling on the Clifton War Memorial is incorrect it says Sloane it should be Sloan.

Robert William Sloan - Pilot Officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve who was killed aged 26 on 17.01.1941. His sevice number was 89812. He was the son of Samuel Hugh and Catherine Ann Sloan, of Clifton, Bristol; husband of Barbara Florence Sloan, of Clifton. Buried at Upavon Church Cemetry in Wiltshire.

He was educated at Prior Park, Bath.

Above Prior Park College, Bath.

He played in the Club v College match on the 9th December 1939. The teams on that day were

Clifton College
R.E.Rowatt, J.L.W.Innes, P.J.Oats, G.H.Addenbrooke, A.C.B.Ford, J.H.Rudman, W.H.Moreland, G.E.McWatters, R.H.Foster, D.V.Storrs, N.D.S.Grant-Dalton, J.A.Miller, M.W.A.Haward, C.P.Lewis-Smith, J.R.G.Higgs.
Clifton RFC
P.Gardiner, O.G.Windcatt, J.C.P.Beloe, K.G.Harvey, J.J.Whtye, W.H.L.Wright, D.B.E.Paine, Y.P.Liddell, A.G.Slater, F.Bowles, R.W.Sloan, S.T.Carwardine, J.M.Betty, O.D.F.Gardner, F.L.Johnson.

Clifton College won by three tries (Innes 2T, Oats) to a penalty goal (Harvey) 9-3.

He completed his probation as a Pilot Officer and his appointment was confirmed on on January 2nd 1940 in the Equipment Brach of the RAF.

He was based at the RAF Central Flying School at RAF Upavon. It started life in 1912 as a RFC base and is sometimes referred to as the place where the RAF was formed.

Above the grave of Robert Sloan at Upavon.

Bristol Evening Post Monday January 20th 1941

Pilot Officer R W Sloan Photo. Death of popular sportsman. His many friends in Bristol and Clifton sporting circles will learn with deep regret of the death whilst on active service of Pilot Officer R.W. (Bob) Sloan.

Deceased, who was 26 years of age, was the elder son of Mr & Mrs S. Sloan, 3, Pembroke Road, Clifton.

Educated at Prior Park, Bath, he played rugby for the school and in 1937 became a most popular member of the Clifton RFC, of whose 1st XV pack he was an outstanding member, possessing splendid physique and skill.

Though not a member of the Bristol University he toured with the Rugby Team more than once and was as popular with them as his own club. He was also a member of the Clifton Rowing Club.

His younger brother, John, was captain of cricket and rugby at Prior Park and was also a member of the Clifton club, playing at centre-threequarter.

In private life deceased, who was a clever linguist, was manager of T. Buxton & Co. Ltd, chemists, Queens Road. He was married on Boxing Day to Miss Barbara Fisher, to whom, with his father and mother, the deepest sympathy will be extended.

The funeral will take place at Upavon on Wednesday next.

Above Robert Sloan from the Bristol Evening Post Monday January 20th 1941

Above 3 Pembroke Road, Home of Robert Sloan's parents.