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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.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.Thanks to Doug Swanson (April 2014) After matriculating Donald joined the Post Office in Wimborne, Dorset & when war broke out he joined the Army while his two brothers served their country in the RAF.
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.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.In his early days in the TA Ken was definitely a “Folkestone Fusilier”, spending most of his annual camps there.
He was always the centre of any fun, good times, good humour or prank.Yet, he never missed a morning parade and developed a strong desire to make the TA a place where soldiers learned, became better people and had such a good time that they wanted to come back for more the next year.