A Cork man who survived the sinking of the Titanic was killed in battle during World War I.
Danny Buckley, originally from Ballydesmond (then known as Kingwilliamstown) in north west Cork, survived the sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912. He was killed in action during World War I while serving as an American soldier.
The story of Danny Buckley is one of courage, endurance and love, the love above all else of the emigrant for the place of his birth and the friends he left behind.
Danny Buckley's memories of King Williamstown were immortalised in a poem he wrote 'Sweet King Williamstown’.
May God be with you motherland, farewell Kingwilliamstown.
Born in 1895, Danny Buckley was one of seven children. Having finished school he worked as a farm labourer but when his father died suddenly he emigrated to American to make enough money to support the family. His journey to America began on board the ill fated Titanic. At a farewell party the night before he boarded the Titanic at Cobh he recited his poem which describes his departure from his beloved Kingwilliamstown.
Four days into his journey to America, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank with the death of 1,500 people including Danny Buckley’s friend Pat O’Connell. When the captain gave the order to abandon ship, Danny Buckley helped with making sure as many people as possible got into the lifeboats. 711 people survived and were brought to New York. Danny Buckley was one of the survivors.
Upon his arrival in New York, Danny Buckley wrote a note to his mother describing the events of the sinking of the Titanic and how he was saved.
Our ship The Titanic struck and iceberg at 2:22 am. I then went on deck and met a sailor who asked me to help load the boats.
Danny Buckley stayed on America during World War I he joined the US army and was killed while serving in France at the age of 23.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 January 1986. The reporter is Colm Connolly.