Sir John Betjeman, CBE (/ˈbɛtʃəmən/; 28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.
He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. He began his career as a journalist and ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television.
↑ 1911 England Census, ancestry.com: John Betjemann, Age 4, Son, Birth Place: St Pancras, London, England. Civil parish: St Pancras, London, England. Street Address: 31 West Hill Highgate. Registration district: St Pancras. Registration District Number: 9. Sub-registration district: North St Pancras. ED, institution, or vessel: 19. Household schedule number: 91. Piece 763.
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915, John Betjemann, Oct-Nov-Dec 1906, St Pancras, London 1b 111.
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007, ancestry.com: John Betjeman. Birth Date 28 Aug 1905. Date of Registration May 1984. Age at Death 78. Registration district: Bodmin. Inferred County: Cornwall. Volume 21. Page 27.
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995, ancestry.com: Sir John Betjeman, Death 19 May 1984, Radnor Walk London. Probate 4 Jan 1985 London.