David’s family lived in Blantyre which is about 10 miles from Glasgow. It was holiday work.
His father was a Senior Officer in the Health Department and his mother was a well-qualified nurse. His mother had trained from 1915-1916 in Newcastle. When she got married she had to give up work. Later on she was called up in 1939 at the outbreak of WW2 to care for wounded soldiers. His mother continued to work after the work ended. His father ran the Senior Ambulance Service and was present at the Clydebank Blitz.
During the war years when David was 9/10 he would travel around picking up salvage, particularly Aluminium. He found it lying in the street. He didn’t get paid. It was just a good deed. David’s first job was holiday work working in Blantyre during a week-long traffic survey. David qualified as a doctor from Glasgow University in 1955. His second job was as a Junior Medical Officer at Stobhill hospital on 1st August 1955. He became a pediatric specialist at Northampton General Hospital. He took a medical diploma in public health (DPH). In 1974 he came to work in Moray as the District Medical Officer. His work included infectious diseases, public health and looked after radiography organising their work.
In retirement David continues to be active in his community.
He is Clerk to the Parish Church Board dealing with the management of the Bellie Church. This includes the pastoral and the secular work (housekeeping, building, money and cleaners).
He is on the Local Community Council, the Development Association for Fochabers and finally the Village Association which organises the yearly gala.