Alan’s work as a grave digger
Alan worked first of all in a supermarket and then in ground maintenance including being an assistant grave digger in Elgin. He was paid £6 a week. He regularly fell in the graves. It was hard to get out once you fell in as it could be approximately 9 ft deep if it was a new one. Once a new grave was dug the graves around it can sink as water drains into the new grave.
Every year the nearby graves had to be filled in and re-turfed if this happens. If people were put in the wrong grave then there had to be a sheriff’s warrant to exhume the grave. In his experience the coffins always had the right label on them identifying the body inside.
More information on the art of the gravedigger.