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!What a glorious & memorable character, who we all remember with deep affection.His tour as Commander consolidated such changes and spread the ethos throughout 1 PC Group).
He relocated to Manchester in 1960 & shortly after that to the West Midlands where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Class 1 & later Postal Controller.
Finally coming back to Surrey and working from Head Office in London.
At the time Ken was Director and General Manager Royal Mail South Wales and South West.
This included responsibility for the operation of one ninth of Royal Mail – plus the added difficulty of severe industrial relations issues in a couple of his areas.
In 1952 he moved from Dorset to Central London where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Cklass 2 & travelled the country marshalling the mail.
When the Suez crisis exploded he was off to Cyprus to manage mail for the troops in the Middle East.
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 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.