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Ken was born in Wigan in November 1938 and had two hugely successful careers both which involved things of import to him – people and the post. They benefited from it by enjoying themselves – having a good time – or learning and being better fitted for their jobs.He was a huge character who easily filled a room – and often filled a bar!A Lancastrian who joined the Post Office after leaving grammar school Ken’s career progressed through postal operations grades and he became Manchester’s youngest ever Assistant Head Postmaster in 1973 (at the age of 34).After two stints as an Operations Controller, in Eastern Postal Region and later with North East Postal Board, split by a spell as Head Postmaster Sheffield Ken returned to Manchester as the District Head Postmaster (one of the UK’s big five offices).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.
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!
His tour as Commander consolidated such changes and spread the ethos throughout 1 PC Group).
So, he retired from the TA in November 1993 having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and definitely giving more than he received.
He was a distinguished leader and a person who held the highest business ethics. Ken was a keen follower of sport and in his day a powerful rugby forward.
He loved to sail – especially on holiday with Liz and their boys.In his early days in the TA Ken was definitely a “Folkestone Fusilier”, spending most of his annual camps there.