Fotografia a Catalunya

Henry Buckley

Henry Buckley


Henry Buckley (Manchester, 1904-Sitges, 1972) was born into a Catholic family. He was a journalist by profession and his career began as a correspondent for the Daily Chronicle, which is no longer published. In 1929, at the age of 25, after a stay in Paris, he was sent to Spain as a correspondent by The Daily Telegraph. In Spain he witnessed the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War, and this made him one of the war correspondents with the most knowledge of the country during the period of 1929-1939. In 1938, during the Civil War, he met his wife, Maria Planas i Izàbal, in Sitges. She was a native of the town and the daughter of a local conservative Catalanist industrialist. On 30 January 1939 he crossed the border at Le Perthus together with thousands of civilian and military refugees. He returned to London where he wrote a book entitled Life and Death of the Spanish Republic in which he wrote about his experiences during the war. Shortly after his return to London he was posted to Amsterdam, from which he was forced to flee upon the German invasion. During the Second World War, as a correspondent for The Daily Express, he reported from the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean and off the north coast of Africa. Upon the invasion of Italy he was seriously wounded by enemy fire at Anzio. When the war was over he was posted to Berlin, reporting alongside the allied forces, and he later returned to Spain with his wife. At first he was a correspondent for the Reuters agency in Madrid, and then, from 1947 to 1948 for the same agency in Rome. In 1949 he was appointed director of the Reuters Madrid office, a post he held until 1966 interspersed with periods in Morocco and Algeria, such as in 1962 when he covered the last resistance of the Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS). He retired in 1966 and was awarded the Cruz de Isabel la Católica by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando María Castiella. That year he moved to Sitges, while also working as a correspondent on an occasional basis for the BBC. In 1968, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire by the British Ambassador, Sir Alan Williams, on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. He died in Sitges on 9 November 1972.


QUEROL, Carles. "Dossier Henry Buckley (Manchester, 1940-Sitges, 1972). Fotògraf ocasional i mestre del periodisme al bàndol republicà durant la Guerra Civil". "El 3 de Vuit". 24 d'agost de 2007, p. 59-86.
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