Betjeman, John, Sir

Born: Aug 28, 1906 AD
Died: 1984 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Poets

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.





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