The son of William Otto Adolph Julius Danckwerts and Mary Caroline Lowther, Danckwerts was educated at Winchester College, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard University. He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1913. During World War I, he served with the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry and the Machine Gun Corps, achieving the rank of Captain, and was mentioned in despatches.
Danckwerts was appointed a Justice of the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales on 1 June 1949, and received the customary knighthood shortly after. He was promoted to be a Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 9 January 1961. Following that appointment, Danckwerts was made a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. He retired from his judicial office on 2 June 1969.
- The Judges of England 1272-1990, by Sir John Sainty (Selden Society, 1993)
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