John Hector Grange was born in 1934 in Elgin. He became started working in a baker’s shop in 1946 at the age of 12 years old. He also delivered news papers as a paper boy. At 14 years old he began his bakers apprenticeship. As a baker he worked week days only from 6am – 9am then 11am – 5pm. He had no tea breaks but he was able to get something to eat while working. John enjoyed his work in the bakers because it got him up in the mornings and he had evenings to himself and his family. Working in the bakers was quite safe although it was very very hot. A baker was at risk from burns and scalds. Most of his earnings was handed over to his parents because money was tight and although he didn’t tell me how much he earned but he did say it wasn’t much for all the work he did. The downside of his job was he suffered dermatitis which is dry cracked sore skin which can bleed and cause pain. His hobby was playing football in his spare time.
When he left the army he returned to his job as a baker.
John Hector Grange was interviewed by Sam and Siobhan, students at Elgin High School as part of an eleven week elective the S2 students studied on the theme of Local Heritage