Barry High, Class of 1931


Barry was born on 15 June 1917 in Nelson, New Zealand and in New Zealand time he would have been 102 on the day of his death.  He returned to England when he was three and went to City of London School. 

He left School when he was 14 and pursued a career as an apprentice carpenter and progressed to forming his own business when he was only 20.  He was called up in 1941 and joined the Royal Engineers and served in Burma on road construction and building Bailey bridges.  He held the rank of Major and was decorated for his services.  Barry met Peggy in the Cock Hotel in Cockfosters and married her in October 1942.  He started developing properties in the Hadley Wood area in Brockley, Gloucestershire in the early 1950s.

Barry was a fine and competitive golfer and a very influential member of Hadley Wood Golf Club.  He was Captain in 1965-66 and President of the Club between 1982-86.

Barry achieved an OBE in recognition of his charitable work, one of which was donating a lifeboat to the Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat station.  He was a remarkable man and achieved much in his long lifetime.  He will be sorely missed.

He died on Friday 14 June 2019 in his home in Blockley, Gloucestershire.