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WO2 Malcolm Barker

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Added by: Tim Craven

Date added: 15 Apr 2016


BARKER – Malcolm died 25 September 2015

Malcolm ‘Mal’ Barker passed away on the 25 September 2015 in St Helen’s Cheshire. He had been suffering from a long illness and was surrounded by his family, Mary his wife of 44 years, his son Kenneth and daughter Amanda.

Mal joined Royal Signals on the 13 Oct 1969 after enlisting at Liverpool. He was posted to Catterick where he underwent basic and driver training prior to be graded as Driver R Signals.

He served in Northern Ireland 40 Sig Regt and whilst there met and married his wife Mary who was a telephonist. Mal knew he had match his match and Mary being a LCpl and Mal a Signalman decided that it would be a good move to get married. They were married at Barrhead Glasgow in Jan 1972.

They were posted to Berlin during the height of the Cold War and this was posted to 38 Sig Regt on promotion and as a COs Driver, this was followed by tours in Maastricht in 1976, 30 Sig Regt at Blandford in 1979 where he was the C/O’s Driver at the rank of Corporal

The early 1980s saw him posted to Germany with tours at Osnabruch, Celle, Lippstadt on promotion to SSgt and then on promotion to WO2 to Krefeld. His last tour was at 22 Sig Regt in Lippstadt Germany, and he retired from the Army in 1992.

Through out his career he was an active sportsman excelling at Football, golf, shooting and especially Squash. He was a senior member in the RAOB where he carried out countless fund raising events for charity and others such as the Diabetic charity.

Mal was a family man first and he will be sadly lost by Mary his wife, Kenneth and Amanda, a truly great man and soldier.

Tim Craven
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