Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Smith qualified in Edinburgh in 1872. He entered the Army Medical Department as a surgeon in September 1874.
He served in the Boer war of 1881 and in the Sudan campaign of 1885, for which he received a medal with clasp and the Khedive's bronze star.
Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Smith died at Kirkee on 6 May 1896 of remittent fever, at the age of 45 years.
Service Record — Robert Smith
30 Sep 1874 Commissioned Surgeon.
1875 – 1879 Served in Bengal.
Aug 1879 Moved from Bengal to Woolwich.
1879 – 1880 On duty in Woolwich.
Jan 1881 Posted to the Cape. Served in the First Boer War.
1882 On duty with the Cape Colony.
July 1882 Posted to Colchester.
Aug 1882 Moved to Ipswich.
Sep 1882 Returned to Colchester.
1885 Served with No 1 Field Hospital on the Suakin Expedition in the Sudan. Was attached to General Graham's force at Suakin.
Oct 1885 Moved from Colchester to Warley.
Malta 28 Nov 1885 Arrived from Warley, England.
Malta Jan 1886 On garrison duty.
Malta 30 Sep 1886 Promoted Surgeon Major twelve years after entering the service.
Malta 1887 On garrison duty.
Malta 21 June 1888 Resident at Officer's Quarters Cottonera Hospital. To England on leave.
28 Sep 1888 Returned to Malta.
Malta 1889 On garrison duty.
Malta 5 May 1890 To England on leave on urgent private affairs. Returned to Malta when leave expired on 14 August.
Malta 30 Oct 1891 Returned to Aldershot England.
30 Sep 1894 Promoted Surgeon-Lieutenant Colonel having completed twenty years service on full pay.
6 May 1896 Died at Kirkee, Bombay Presidency, from remittent fever. He was succeeded by Surgeon-Major Charles James Addison, Bombay Command, who was appointed to the medical charge of the station hospital at Kirkee.