Robert W. Service
Robert William Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England on January 16, 1874. 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 was a newspaper correspondent for the Toronto Star during the Balkan 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 on September 11, 1958 in Lancieux, France.