Ralph Munday Denton-Barker

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Ralph Munday Denton-Barker
Alliance Insurance Company staff photo, c.1935
Birth: , Birkenhead
Death: , Upper Scamander
Parents: James Denton Barker
Kathleen Barker (née Munday)
Siblings: Bertram Mead Denton Barker
Ralph Munday Denton-Barker
Virginia Kathleen Denton Grebenik (née Barker)
Partners: Joan Nyria Denton-Barker (née Hancox)
Permalink: archives.org.au/RMDB
Wikitree: Denton-Barker-2
FamilySearch: G7Y2-BL3

Ralph Denton-Barker was born on 17 July 1916 in Birkenhead to James Denton Barker and Kathleen Barker (née Munday). He had two siblings, Mead and Virginia.[1]

Ralph was educated at Cheam and Felsted School, and Birkenhead School. He joined the Alliance Insurance Company to train as an actuary, but left the company on joining the army at the beginning of the war. He served as a Private soldier throughout the war.

Army number 895918.[2] Joined Royal Artillery in 1939.[2] Transferred 28 April 1942 to Royal Army Ordnance Corps.[2]

He married Joan Nyria Powell (née Hancox) on 28 June 1947 at the Register Office, Edmonton, Middlesex[3] when they were living at 2 Rookfield Close, Muswell Hill, London N10. They had one daughter, Julia.

After demobilisation, he trained as a primary school teacher, and worked as a teacher at Kimbolton School, Bedfordshire (living at the Old Schoolhouse in Pertenhall), next in Worcestershire (living at Dove Cottage near Great Witley and teaching at Arley Kings Primary School) and then in Cornwall (firstly living at The Barn, Portloe) where he taught at Mevagissey Primary School. They bought Kerrow Farm in West Penwith in 1965 where they farmed (dairy and beef cattle) for five years.

He retired from teaching in 1970, and they then moved to Menorca in Spain where they had a small holding (known as a finca) outside Alayor. Ralph continued to raise a few cattle and also taught English to people in Alayor. They then moved to C'an Amoros, outside Pollensa in Mallorca where Ralph had a few cows and a large citrus orchard.

They moved to Australia in 1978, travelling on a Russian ship (via Sri Lanka, arriving on March 17th), and after a year in Western Australia (living on Lapko's Farm, Denmark) they settled in Tasmania at Riverside Cottage, Upper Scamander, on the east coast. There they kept a few cattle and some goats and developed a large organic garden.

He died on 4 November 1990[4] at home in Upper Scamander, and was buried on 6 November 1990 at St Helens Cemetery, Tasmania.



  1. Birth certificate of Ralph Munday Denton Barker
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Army No.: 895918 [with '90F' in pencil under the army number]. Names (in full) (Surname first, in block letters): BARKER Ralph Munday. Transfers to other Corps or cause of becoming non-effective and record of re-enlistment (if any) (Including date): To R.A.O.C. 28-4-42. Record set: Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942. ID: GBM/ROYALART/895000/00097. First name(s): Ralph Munday. Last name: Barker. Birth year: -. Birth place: -. Age: -. Attestation year: 1939. Service number: 895918. Former service number: -. Trustees of The Royal Artillery Historical Trust, London, England. Image.
  3. Marriage certificate of Ralph Munday Denton-Barker and Joan Nyria Hancox
  4. Death certificate for Ralph Denton-Barker

External links

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