Born in Preston, Lancashire, England, Robert Service spent his childhood in Scotland. He migrated to Canada
in 1894, in search of adventure. He is known all over the world for his poetry on the Yukon.
During World War I, Robert Service drove and ambulance for the Canadian Red Cross and
also worked as a war correspondent for the Canadian government. Many of his war poems were published in Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, in 1916. That same year, his brother, Lieutenant Albert Service, Canadian Infantry, was killed in action in France.