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Robert W. Service
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[Robert W. Service]
Yukon Archives. Whitehorse
January 16, 1874 - September 11, 1958
Robert William Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England. After spending his childhood in Scotland he came to Canada in 1894, working for the Canadian Bank of Commerce in the Yukon for eight years.
He is world-reknowned for penning "The Shooting of Dan McGrew", The Cremation of Sam McGee", The Call of the Wild" and "The Spell of the Yukon" .
Less well known, but worthy of note are three other poems: "The Quitter", "Carry On!" and "Just Think!"
He was a newspaper correspondent for the Toronto Star during the Balkin Wars of 1912-13 and served as an ambulance driver and correspondent during World War I.
From 1914 on he lived in Europe, returning to Canada during WWII, to live in Hollywood and Vancouver, then again living in Brittany and on the French Riviera. He died in Lancieux, France.
Initiated: June 13, 1912
Fellowcraft: 1919
Yukon Lodge No. 45, Dawson City

Source: Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon records: Robert W. Service, Poet and Mason, James G. Bennie. Note that Yukon Lodge’s 1919 through 1922 Annual Returns to Grand Lodge report Service as a Fellowcraft, but the lodge minutes do not record the conferral. Image: signature as an Entered Apprentice, 1912/06/13.

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