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Betjeman, John, Sir

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1984 AD

1906 – Born on the 28th of August in Edwardian London.

1933 – Married Penelope Chetwode, the daughter of Field Marshal Lord Chetwode.

1939 – Betjeman was rejected for active service in World War II.

1941 – He became British press attaché in Dublin, Ireland.

Wrote poetry collections "New Bats in Old Belfries" 1945, "A Few Late Chrysanthemums" 1954, "Collected Poems" 1958.

1960 – Awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, and CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

1968 – Companion of Literature, the Royal Society of Literature.

1972 – He became Poet Laureate.

1973 – Honorary Member, the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1975 – Proposed that the Fine Rooms of Somerset House should house the Turner Bequest.

1984 – Suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and died at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall on 19th of May.