Charles William Dalmon (1862-1938) was a British poet who, in retirement, became a Brother of the Charterhouse. He published many poems during his lifetime, many of them about Sussex, the county in which he was born and for many years lived.
Siegfried Sassoon and Ralph Hodgson both considered Dalmon a small, neglected author, and once planned to publish his work in a collection alongside similarly ignored poets.
Since little has been written about Dalmon’s personal life, it is hard to get a good idea of what sort of man he was. However, some sources claim that he was a close friend of Noël Coward, and suggest that in the 1920s he briefly entered the film industry, working as an art director to George Clark Productions.
A Daily Telegraph review (25 June 2006) noted that John Betjeman was apparently a fan, placing Dalmon alongside such “dim and half-forgotten poets” as Theodore Wratislaw, William Renton and Edmund John.
After Dalmon passed away, Benjamin George Ambler, a Brother and author, wrote a poem in his honour. It can be read below, along with the following articles, all published shortly after Dalmon’s death.