Some time ago I posted a poem by Robert Service in a book dedicated to his brother Albert Service who died in France during the Great War. It was called Yipperary Days. So here is a little information about Robert Service and his first poem at age 6.
Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England,the first of ten children. His father, also Robert Service, was a banker from Kilwinning, Scotland, who had been transferred to England.
When he was five, Service was sent to live in Kilwinning with his three maiden aunts and his paternal grandfather, the town’s postmaster.There he is said to have composed his first verse, a grace, on his sixth birthday.
God bless the cakes and bless the jam;
Bless the cheese and the cold boiled ham:
Bless the scones Aunt Jeannie makes,
And save us all from bellyaches. Amen