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Book - “Rhymes of a Red Cross Man”
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Title: Book - “Rhymes of a Red Cross Man”
Identifier: 979.6.1395
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1916
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A green hard covered book entitled "Rhymes of a Red Cross Man." Inscribed on the first page, "Howard T. West, from Niles Will Simpson, Xmas 1916." Title is framed in a gold outline and letters are in gold.

Robert William Service (1874 - 1958) was a poet. He was born in England, to a Scottish family, and he moved to Canada at the age of 21 with dreams of becoming a cowboy. Hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce, he was posted to the bank's branch in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Inspired by the vast beauty of the Yukon wilderness, Service started writing his poetry about the things he saw. Service became known for his work about the West, and the Yukon gold miners. Such works as "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee" made him famous around the world. His first book of was published in 1907 and made him a rich man. He became known as the "Canadian Kipling." He also served as a war correspondent during the Balkan Wars and World War I. Service’s house in Dawson City, Yukon is maintained by Park’s Canada.
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