Barry left Secondary Modern School in Morley Leeds at the age of 15 in the early 1960s, and moved to Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire to take up a five year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, obtaining his City and Guilds certificate. At the age of 20 he joined the British Army and served with 17TH Training Regiment Royal Artillery, before being posted to 24TH Missile Regiment Royal Artillery stationed in Paderborn Germany B.F.P.O.1. He served with 24th Missile Regiment as the Battery Carpenter, B11 equipment repairer, and was no 11 on the Honest John Missile Launcher, during which time he also obtained his B3 Signals qualifications. Whilst serving with the armed forces in Germany he married his wife Diane, and has been happily married for 47 years and with three now grown children. Retiring from the army in 1970 to start his own successful carpentry and joinery business and working all over Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, he finally retired in 2008 and his spare time is now taken up with coin collecting, and most recently with writing short stories.