Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984)

Death: 19th May 1984
Location: St Enodoc's Church, Trebetherick, Cornwall, England
Cause of death: Stroke
Photo taken by: Saltmarsh
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English poet; became Poet Laureate in 1979. He went to Oxford University, but left without completing his degree after failing his exams. He started working as a freelance journalist and after submitting work to the Architectural Review he was employed by them on a full-time basis, becoming assistant editor between 1930-5. In 1933 he married Penelope Chetwode.
Betjeman was refused for active service during the Second World War and instead worked for the Ministry of Information. His wife converted to Catholicism in 1948 and they drew apart. 
His poetry is often humorous and he achieved great popularity in his own lifetime not only through his poetry, but with his broadcasting and journalism.