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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
All Entries 1997 - 2002
All Entries 2002
Odds and Ends, Other Items Of Interest About Robert


Published by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (35464 reads)
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1912 June: Rhymes of a Rolling Stone is completed. Robert accepts an offer as a war correspondent in the Balkan War. Enrolls in the Red Crescent and works in a "cholera camp."

1912 December: Takes a train to Budapest.

1913 January: Goes to Vienna.

1913 March: Arrives in Paris.

1913-1914: Submits 6 articles to the Toronto Star.

1913 June 12, Thursday: Service marries Germaine Bourgoin, 13 years his younger, born Sept. 22, 1887. They spend 1 week in London.

Germaine, 1911

1914: Writes his second novel, The Pretenders, A Story of the Latin Quarter. He buys a villa in Brittany which he calls "Dream Haven".

Dream Haven, 1913

1914: World War I starts. Robert lies about his age (now 41) and tries to enlist. He is rejected because of a varicose vein.

1915: Robert becomes a war correspondent for the Toronto Star.

1915 September: Robert joins the volunteer American Ambulance Unit. Serves in contact with the French front line.

1916 Develops "boils" because of a run-down condition and returns to Dream Haven with Germaine. Here he gets the idea for Rhymes of a Red Cross Man. It is quickly published and becomes an immediate success.

1917 January 28: Germaine gives birth to twin daughters, Doris and Iris.

1917-1918 Winter: Robert, Germaine and the twins travel to the Riviera. At Menton Doris catches scarlet fever and dies on Feb. 25th 1918. Robert assuaged his profound grief by writing a poem in English and French, ending with the poignant lines:
You've taught me Grief, wee piteous face!
And boundless pity too;
You're taking to your resting place
Part of my heart with you.

My little girl whose smile so right,
I'll see while sight endures!
This life of mine I'd give to-night
Could I but ransom yours.

1918: Robert offers his services to the Canadian Expeditionary Force with a commission to tour France, reporting on the activities of the troops.

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