Robert W. Service, Canada's Poet



Robert William Service was not born Canadian, but became known as one of Canadas best poets. Born in Lancashire, England on January 16, 1874, Service spent his young years in Kilwinning, Scotland. His young interests were reading and poetry, his first recorded poem was at age six, according to RobertService.com. Leaving school at age 14, he found work as an apprentice with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, earning 20 a year in wages.

In 1896, Service left his secure bank job to set out for Canada and the plan to become a rancher. Instead, he made his way to Victor