The Mo D was indeed fortunate to have had the advice and guidance from this acknowledged expert in postal technology and mechanisation.He gave freely of his time and expertise to plan the changes needed to bring the Mill Hill Depot into the world of postal automation.My enduring memory of him is in the old Mess bar at Mill Hill, climbing onto the bar, turning his back to the crowd & performing a back somersault, to land on his feet in their midst!
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. We will remember them Extract from ‘For the Fallen’ (1914) by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)Ken Barker was one of a line of distinguished Post Office Directors to command the Postal and Courier Services TA.
However, his tour was far from the norm as he headed the Group in both the Royal Engineers and the Royal Logistic Corps.
With the 1992 reorganisation Ken was promoted to Director and General Manager SWSW and moved to Gloucester.
He returned to Manchester for his final appointment as DGM Royal Mail NWNW before retiring finally in 1998.
So the change of Corps and size were not exactly popular with anyone in the Group.
The fact that we became a recognised strength at Grantham was due entirely to Ken’s supportive leadership, his planning, inspiration, professionalism, determination and his tact and diplomacy.
Ken did not shy away from the task of taking the Group from the comfort and support of Mill Hill and its postal empathy to the unknown that was Grantham, and being part of a very large TA organisation.
At the same time he had to downsize the Group, from four to three Regiments and take manning from 75 officers and 750 soldiers to 55 and around 550 – and improve military skills!
Ken will be sadly missed by many (who admired and respected him), but none more than Liz and their boys to whom our deepest sympathy goes.